Combining Bio-Cultural and Asset Based Approach Towards Sustainable Utilization of Catchment Resources
American Journal of BioScience
Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 15-22
Received: Feb. 2, 2018; Accepted: Feb. 16, 2018; Published: Mar. 16, 2018
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Agnes Kapinga, Department of Environmental Management, Pan Africa University Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Olanyika Ogunkoya, Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Nigeria
Abimbola Sangodoyin, Department of Agriculture and Environmental Engineering, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Peter Meta, Department of Biology, Korogwe Teachers College, Tanga, Tanzania
Bety Begashe, Department of management sciences, University of Dodoma, Tanzania
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Water security is one of the key sustainability challenges in this modern era regardless of the level of development. While the problem keep on increasing year after year, man is a dominant player over hydrological system and also possesses powerful ways and means of utilizing hydrological resources and responds to hydrological dynamics in different ways. The utilization of hydrological resources is influenced by natural resources which are available in the aquatic system, communities’ culture and assets. These three main factors can be divided into two groups, namely, bio-cultural and community/ anthropogenic asset. Bio-cultural asset helps to understand ways in which man interacts with hydrological systems, which behavior (s) can lead to transformations of hydrological functions, and how man reacts to these changes. While, community assets help to understand how the communities can sustainably manage themselves by identifying and mobilizing the existing, but often unrecognized assets, and thereby respond to and create local opportunities for themselves instead of depending on resources from outside. In most cases, the bio-cultural and Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approaches have been used separately to study the involvement of people and their behavior towards water resource management. It is expected that integrating of these two approaches can be useful in understanding the links between hydrology and local systems; at the same time understanding how a community can restore and be resilient to the changes that occur to the aquatic ecosystems from a cultural, social, economic, political, and biological perspectives. The combination of bio-cultural and ABCD approaches can also, be a better strategy for identifying the parameters and functional relationships which can be used in socio-hydrological model simulation.
Biocultural, Community, Asset, Catchment and Resources
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Agnes Kapinga, Olanyika Ogunkoya, Abimbola Sangodoyin, Peter Meta, Bety Begashe, Combining Bio-Cultural and Asset Based Approach Towards Sustainable Utilization of Catchment Resources, American Journal of BioScience. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 15-22. doi: 10.11648/j.ajbio.20180601.13
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