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"We Had Cattle And Did Not Fish And Hunt Anyhow!" Institutional Change And Contested Commons In The Kafue Flats Floodplain (Zambia)

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This paper presents the case of the Ila, Plateau-Tonga and Batwa people in the Kafue Flats, Southern Province in Zambia. It shows how pre-independence institutions and governing access to common-pool resources, such as pasture, fisheries and wildlife, have been transformed or sidelined by the colonial and post-colonial state, as it claims control over common-pool resources. The paper is structured as follows: after explaining the research setting the paper discusses how access to common-pool resources was interconnected historically and analyse separately how local institutions for pastures, fisheries and wildlife operated. It indicates which external changes have taken place and how local institutions were eroded, dismantled or transformed by formal state laws leading to open access constellations. Following this, conflicts and the management of conflicts in the three common-pool resources are analysed.

Keywords: Batwa people; common-pool resources; Ila; Kafue Flats floodplain; Tonga people; Zambia



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