Changing Land Use, Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in Maasailand

  • Katherine Homewood
  • Patti Kristjanson
  • Pippa Chenevix Trench
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 5)

1.1 Introduction

At the outset of the twenty-first century, Masaailand 11 comprises some 150,000 km 2 of arid and semi-arid rangeland straddling the Kenya/Tanzania border. It is internationally famous for both its spectacular large mammal wildlife and its iconic pasto-ralist populations. But Maasailand is undergoing rapid change. The events unrolling there are of central importance on the one hand to development trajectories for many people struggling against poverty, and on the other to environmental sustain-ability and the conservation of dwindling wildlife populations. The priorities of wildlife conservation not only show some synergies with the imperatives of community development but also present strongly competing demands. There is a pressing need to understand people's changing land use and livelihoods better to foster positive outcomes for conservation and for development in Maasailand.

Historically, populations in and around Maasailand have depended on livestock keeping,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine Homewood
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patti Kristjanson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pippa Chenevix Trench
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)NairobiKenya
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUCLLondonUK

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