People, Property, Poverty and Parks: a Story of Men, Women, Water and Trees at Pwani

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This case study examines gender roles and rural livelihood systems in Pwani, a recently populated resettlement village on the western edge of Lake Nakuru Park in Kenya. The objective of the research was to understand the ways in which natural resources are managed in the community and within the household, with emphasis on the institutions and individuals who make and carry out management decisions, particularly as distinguished by gender. PRA was one of several methodologies used to carry out the research. Spatial data was obtained through transects, village sketch maps and farm sketches. Time lines, trend lines and seasonal calendars provided time-related data. Social data was gathered through household interviews and diagrams of village institutions. By linking gender-focused research and PRA it was possible to learn about gender within the context of the community's history, its future aspirations and its resource management and development problems.

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Of particular interest to researchers using PRA methods to investigate issues of gender and natural resource management.
Source publication information
ECOGEN case study series
45 p.
ECOGEN Research Project, International Development Program, Clark University
Worcester, Mass.
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ECOGEN Research Project, International Development Program, Clark University