Social use of riverine resources within the Chobe Enclave: botswana: the case of Chobe Enclave.

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University of Dar es Salaam
The social dimension of the importance of riverine resources that are vital for sustaining riverine communities' livelihoods is often overlooked. This often leads social issues within the water management sector to be more focused on the provision of water for basic domestic requirements, completely ignoring social use of water by riverine communities. An important step towards collecting this situation and countering this negligence is to identify the use, importance and value of the riverine resources. The study aims to characterize riverine resources and users, estimate the relative important and value of riverine resources and to determine the link between the riverine resorts and water levels in the Chobe Enclave. Data was collected through questionnaire based interviews, documentation review and key informant interviews. Chobe Enclave Rainfall and Combe River Water levels were also collected. Microsoft Office Excel 2007 was used to analyse the data. Market Price Valuation method was used to value the marketed resources. The study found that the Chobe Enclave Communities relay on riverine resources for among other uses food, housing, medicinal and spiritual well-being. Over twenty riverine resources where identified. In ranking the importance of the resources, most of the resources where ranked very important (63.5%). The overall total direct use value of marketed riverine resolves was estimated at US$2 963847.57. Most of the resources are available during wet season. There is a direct correlation between the increase of riverine resolves and increase of the water level. Only seven identified resolves are protected by law. It is recommended that appropriate policies should be introduced for management of riverine resources.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF HC930.29.P58)
Natural resources, Management, Chobe district, Botswana
Phuthologo, B. (2011). Social use of riverine resources within the Chobe Enclave: botswana: the case of Chobe Enclave. Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.