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Local Perceptions of Risk to Livelihoods in the Semi-Arid Landscape of Southern Africa

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dc.contributor.author Bunting, Erin
dc.contributor.author Steele, Jessica
dc.contributor.author Keys, Eric
dc.contributor.author Muyengwa, Shylock
dc.contributor.author Child, Brian
dc.contributor.author Southworth, Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-20T17:05:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-20T17:05:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8862
dc.description.abstract "The United Nations and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change deem many regions of southern Africa as vulnerable landscapes due to changing climatic regimes, ecological conditions, and low adaptive capacity. Typically in highly vulnerable regions, multiple livelihood strategies are employed to enable sustainable development. In Botswana, livelihood strategies have diversified over time to include tourism and other non-agricultural activities. While such diversification and development have been studied, little is known about how locals perceive livelihood risks. This article analyzes perceptions of risk through a risk hazards framework. During the summer of 2010, 330 surveys were completed within seven villages in northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. During the survey respondents were asked to list the biggest threats/challenges to their livelihoods. Responses were grouped into categories of risk according to the capital assets on which livelihoods depend: natural, physical, financial, human, and social. A risk mapping procedure was utilized, for which indices of severity, incidence, and risk were calculated. It is hypothesized that people’s perception of risk is directly dependent on environmental conditions and employment status of the household. Results indicate that problems related to natural and financial assets are the greatest source of risk to livelihoods. Furthermore, flood, drought, and other measures of climate variability are perceived as influential, typically negatively, to livelihood strategies." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject risk en_US
dc.subject perception en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.title Local Perceptions of Risk to Livelihoods in the Semi-Arid Landscape of Southern Africa en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Qualitative en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Bostwana, Namibia en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Land en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 225-251 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth May en_US

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