Environmental Change in Lesotho identifies and analyzes the drivers of land-use change and the consequences of these changes on the livelihoods of rural land-users/managers. To accomplish this, a combination of tools from the social sciences and environmental fields were developed to identify causes and consequences of land-use change at selected levels, using a ‘nested’ approach. These methods were then applied to a case study of two villages in the Lowland region of Lesotho. This book is directed at environmental and social science experts, researchers, decision-makers, and development/aid workers interested in understanding the intricate human-environment relationship as it relates to land-use change in a changing biophysical, socio-economic, political and institutional context, coupled by HIV/AIDS, changing demographics, local perceptions and what is termed here ‘dependency syndrome’.
Introduction.- The Wealth of Knowledge: Drivers and Consequences of Land-Use Change.- Lesotho: Macro to Micro Perspectives of Land-Use Change.- Village Perceptions of Land-Use Change.-Village Patterns of Land-Use Change.- Discussing Causes and Consequences of Land-Use Change in the Lowland Region.- Conclusions: So What?.- Index.
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