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Risk in the Okavango Delta in the face of social and environmental change
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies.
University of Botswana.
2007 (English)In: GeoJournal, ISSN 0343-2521, E-ISSN 1572-9893, Vol. 70, no 2-3, 121-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Information from 117 questionnaires and focus groups in four villages in the Okavango Delta, Botswana was used to identify households exposed to different levels of risk in order to relate them to various livelihood activities and coping strategies. Current household strategies such as migration and diversification that are used to cope with recurring hazards such as drought, reduced flooding and animal disease are becoming more limited because of fencing policies and changed flooding regimes. In the light of future challenges such as climate change and increased upstream water abstractions, the heavy reliance on government assistance will probably increase especially among female-headed households and high-risk households. Without targeted initiatives based on spatial and social distributions of risk, then the dependency syndrome of Botswana is likely to continue and be exacerbated. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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2007. Vol. 70, no 2-3, 121-132 p.
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risk vulnerability Okavango Delta livelihoods coping strategies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45315DOI: 10.1007/s10708-008-9119-yLocal ID: 81150OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45315DiVA: diva2:266177
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2017-12-13

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