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Practical Challenges of Governing Shared Commons: The Lake Chiuta Small-Scale Fisheries Resources

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dc.contributor.author Njaya, Friday en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:31:10Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:31:10Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-29 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-29 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/630
dc.description.abstract "This paper seeks to identify major challenges of implementing fisheries comanagement on Lake Chiuta, a shared ecosystem between Malawi and Mozambique. Despite its remoteness, fisheries resources in the small lake of about 200 km2, contribute to food security and livelihoods of the local people. However, strategies of sustaining the catches have involved shifting from traditional management to a co-management arrangement with partnership of fishing community and Malawis Department of Fisheries while the traditional arrangement remains on the Mozambican side. The Malawian fishing community represented by Beach Village Committees claim that seining destroys habitat for fish breeding and stationery gillnet set in the water. However, the seining operations are allowed on the Mozambican side, which is a source of a serious conflict in managing the fisheries resources. Consequently, a Transboundary Fish Resource Management Programme is being recommended to address the major challenges of governing the fisheries resources. Opportunities exist in form of socio-cultural aspects, as the fishing communities share the same historical background, have traditional knowledge about the resources and both countries are party to various international conventions, agreements, treaties and protocols that deal with conservation and management of natural resources. There is need to adopt an ecosystem-based management approach." en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject local governance and politics en_US
dc.subject indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject ecosystems en_US
dc.subject Lake Chiuta en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title Practical Challenges of Governing Shared Commons: The Lake Chiuta Small-Scale Fisheries Resources en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Malawi, Mozambique en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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