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Pastoralism: Perceived effects of transhumant practices on natural resource management in southern Mali

Pastoralism: Perceived effects of transhumant practices on natural resource management in southern Mali
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Pastoralism Journal 12 March 2018

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This paper presents how various actors in two districts in the Sudano-Sahelian/Sudano-Guinea zones of Mali perceived the effect of transhumant practices on natural resource management. Results from the study showed that more than 75% of all categories of respondents in both study sites perceived a decline in availability of forage resources and water as a result of the increased number of transhumant herders in their communities, a decline in species richness of the vegetation due to climate change. Education level, location and socio-professional categories tended to be the key factors influencing respondent’s perception on the impact of transhumant practices on natural resource management. As the perceived impact of transhumant practices depends on socio-professional groups, it is necessary to engage all the actors on how to effectively manage the presence of transhumant herders, in order to promote sustainable use of natural resources in southern Mali.


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