Property Rights and Environmental Conflicts in Africa: An Exploration of the Main Issues

Citation:

Matsa, Mark, and Timothy Mutekwa. 2009. “Property Rights and Environmental Conflicts in Africa: An Exploration of the Main Issues.” Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management 2 (1): 35-41. doi:10.4314/ejesm.v2i1.43500.

Authors: Mark Matsa, Timothy Mutekwa

Abstract:

Shared resources often engender environmental conflict. This is because the activities of some groups of users of a resource are often detrimental to others. This paper discusses the relationship between property rights and environmental conflicts in Africa. It illustrates this relationship both at intra-state as well as at inter-state levels. Gender relations and property rights are also discussed given that women, who undertake about 80% of farm work on the continent, are not accorded equal say as men in resource ownership and resource management. The paper suggests how the problem of resource ownership can be addressed in order to minimize or prevent environmental conflicts and promote development at country as well as at continental level.

Topics: Environment, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Rights, Property Rights Regions: Africa

Year: 2009

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