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Lost Control, Legal Pluralism And Damming The Flood: Changing Institutions Among The Musgum And Kotoko Of The Village Lahaï In The Waza-Logone Floodplain (Cameroon)

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This paper shows that today's problems in resource management can not be derived directly from external factors (like economy, technology, demography and environment); but that they have to be set in relation to institutional change in order to get the full picture. The paper focuses on a study of the Kotoko village, Lahaï, where institutions regulating access to fisheries have undergone many transformations since pre-colonial times. The focus of this paper is on the Kotoko institutions and examines how they were working in the past and why and how they changed up to today. This paper is based on the research in the village of Lahaï in the Waza-Logone floodplain carried out in 2002 in collaboration with the IUCN (World Conservation Union) and with financial support from the NCCR(National Centre of Competence in Research North-South).

Keywords: IUCN; Kotoko; Lahaï; NCCR; Waza-logone Floodplain



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