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Session 5: Natural resource management and gender: can pro-poor strategies work in a neo-liberal world?

Natural resources such as land, water and forests are of key importance to the livelihoods of very many people in the countries of the Global South. In many countries most people still live in rural areas and derive significant parts of their livelihoods from agriculture, livestock and fisheries as well as from timber and non-timber forest products. The management of these resources is thus of great significance both for reducing poverty and trying to attain improved sustainability in the use of the natural environment.

There are many conflicting forces influencing natural resource management in such societies. Some of these are not pro-poor. Community based natural resource management (CBNRM) has been seen as a positive approach which is more inclusive of the needs of the poor and of the local environment but its basic principles are at odds with the forces of neo-liberal economics. During this session, Dr Deborah Potts will discuss some of these themes with particular reference to southern African societies, while Giovanna Grandoni will introduce the gendered implications of natural resource management in small rural communities in the Northeast of Brazil.

Aims

  • Examine the relations between community based natural resource management and development paradigms;
  • Question the gender implications of CBNRM;
  • Explore the different forms of CBNRM in southern Africa and Brazil following a multidisciplinary approach.

Key themes

  • Community based natural resource management (CBNRM);
  • Commoditization of natural resources;
  • Gender and natural resource management;
  • Pro-poor development.

Our speaker:

Dr Deborah Potts

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Reader, Geography Department, King’s College London

Biography

Deborah Potts has a Geography degree (B.Sc First Class) and PhD from University College London. She taught and researched in the Geography Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London from 1979-2001. She joined King’s College London in 2001 when SOAS’s Geography department merged with that at KCL. She is a senior lecturer in Geography at King’s. She has twice been an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Zimbabwe. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies, Africa (Journal of the International African Institute) and the Canadian Journal of African Studies. She has published extensively on sub-Saharan and Southern Africa.

Coordinators: Dr Deborah Potts and Giovanna Grandoni

Place: Old Committee room, Strand Building, KCL

Date: 11/11/2015

Time: 17h00 – 19h00

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