Tenures in Transition, Tenures in Conflict: Examples from the Zimbabwe Social Forest


Bruce, John. 1993. “Tenures in Transition, Tenures in Conflict: Examples from the Zimbabwe Social Forest.” Rural Sociology 58 (4): 626–42.

Author: John Bruce


The landscapes of rural communities are commonly divided into areas in which distinctive resource uses are practiced and for which there exist particular types of property rights. Such tenure niches for different resources may overlap where those resources themselves occupy the same space (e.g., land and trees). Further, competing legal and utilization systems (e.g., national and local) may place the same resource in different incompatible tenure niches. Conflict may involve overlapping tenure niches. Co-management by conflicting right-holders may offer a solution.

Topics: Environment, Land Tenure, Rights, Property Rights Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: Zimbabwe

Year: 1993

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