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The Management of the Land and Resources of the Masoka community of Dande Communal Lands, Zimbabwe

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Masoka Community
Conference: Voices from the Commons, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Berkeley, CA
Conf. Date: June 5-8, 1996
Date: 1996
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1117
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Land Tenure & Use
Region: Africa
Subject(s): common pool resources
land tenure and use
resource management
property rights
Abstract: "According to the Masoka elders, this area belongs to the ancestors. Current inhabitants thus can only claim rights to the land and its resources through the ancestors. This process differs depending on the origins of the individual... "However, the perception of the younger people of Masoka is that the government is the owner of the land and all its resources. The people of Masoka, as the users of these resources, are the proprietors and custodians of the resources. This proprietorship originates in the history of occupation of the area, including the Masoka Chieftainship. The natural resources of Masoka include the land, trees and grass, water (including rivers and pools), wildlife and the people. These resources are owned by the government, but bona fide residents of Masoka have exclusive rights to use these resources."

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