A study of perceptions, knowledge and understanding of desertification and its causes among decision makers in northern Namibia

Tshikesho, Desiderius Raimund (1996) A study of perceptions, knowledge and understanding of desertification and its causes among decision makers in northern Namibia. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study was aimed at investigating the perceptions, knowledge and understanding of desertification and its causes among decision makers in northern Namibia. The focus of investigation was on desertification and its major causes as identified in the general literature, viz. deforestation, overgrazing and overcultivation. Particular attention was given to the socioeconomic and cultural factors which are behind these perceived 'ecological' causes of desertification. Furthermore, the respondents were also engaged in the generation of solutions to the problem of desertification and its causes. Data collection was based on semi-structured interviews with the regional governors, councillors and chief headmen from the four northern regions. A qualitative approach was adopted for the research and findings are essentially descriptive and qualitative. It is anticipated that the study will make an important contribution to the current debate on desertification in Namibia, specifically with regard to the perceptions, knowledge and understanding of desertification and its causes among the decision makers in northern Namibia.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Desertification, Namibia, Environmental education
Subjects:L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Irwin, Pat
ID Code:3947
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:05 Nov 2012 07:44
Last Modified:05 Nov 2012 07:44
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