Biodiversity and the Ancestors. Challenges to Customary and environmental law case studies from Namibia, by Manfred O. Hinz and Oliver C. Ruppel
The study of Manfred O. Hinz and Oliver C. Ruppel, Biodiversity and the Ancestors, explains the challenges to customary and environmental law case studies from Namibia. Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, introduces the study:
It is a pleasure for me to preface this timely exposition of case studies on customary law, biodiversity and the protection of the environment in Namibia. It is estimated that approximately 27,000 species of animal and plant life disappear from our planet every year. The issue of biodiversity conservation deserves serious attention because the irrevocable loss of species threatens the very basis of human life. Biological diversity provides the foundation for human basic needs such as food, water and other natural resources. A multitude of drugs and a wide range of industrial materials are derived directly from biological resources. Since Namibia signed the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992, the preservation of biological diversity has become a focus of environmental policy and legislative considerations. However, biodiversity conservation in Namibia has its roots not merely in the legal provisions issued in the last decades, but rather in the centuries¬ old customs of the people. This book shows, in an impressive manner, that an arc can be spanned between legislative efforts on global, regional, national and local levels and traditional methods of maintaining the environment and biodiversity.
This publication describes the legal foundations of biodiversity conservation in Namibia and serves as a useful guide to the broad range of provisions directly and indirectly relating to the protection of biological diversity. On the global, regional and sub-regional level, relevant conventions are described. On the national level, the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia as the supreme law of the country, as well as national policies and enactments and customary laws applied by the traditional communities of Namibia are analysed in terms of biodiversity conservation.
The case studies assembled here provide a unique insight into the practises and customs of people living in traditional settings. The publication will, therefore, be a valuable source of information and guidance for lawyers, anthropologists, students, policymakers and all those members of the public interested in environmental concerns, biodiversity conservation and customary law in Namibia. I wish to thank all who have contributed to the book and assisted in making it a reality. I highly recommend this book to be used in our schools and tertiary institutions.
Table of contents of Biodiversity and the Ancestors. Challenges to Customary and environmental law case studies from Namibia:
List of abbreviations
Note on the use of words in African languages
List of photographs
Map of Namibia
PART I: LEGAL PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY IN NAMIBIA
Legal protection of biodiversity in Namibia
Manfred O Hinz and Oliver C Ruppel
1 Biodiversity in perspective
2 The global level
3 The African and regional level
4 The national level (I): Constitutional foundations and policies
5 The national level (II): Statutory enactments and bills in preparation
6 The protection of biodiversity under customary law
7 The BIOTA framework, research design and assumptions
PART II: LAND
Land allocation and the protection of biodiversity: A case study of Mbunza
Tulimeke M W Koita
2 The protection of land under Mbunza customary law
Disputed land: Owambo cattle farmers in Ukwangali
3 Socio-cultural factors behind the conflict
4 Eviction orders
PART III: GRASS
Grass as a natural resource: A case study of Uukwambi
2 Grass and Uukwambi customary law
Overgrazing and grazing rights: A case study of Ovitoto
Ray-wood Mavetja Rukoro
2 Grazing: A common right?
Farming in a politically divided community: A case study of Berseba
2 Remedies against overgrazing
PART IV: MEDICINAL PLANTS
Medicinal plants: A case study of Uukwambi
Victory H Gabriel
2 Healing with herbs: Relic of the past?
PART V: FISH
The catching of fish under Uukwambi customary law
Tomas M Nekongo
2 Fish swim in water: Water is life
Fishing among the Topnaar: An expropriated tradition
2 Sea and land: Sacred gifts
3 Sustainability through tradition
4 Customary inter- and intragenerational equity
PART VI: TREES
The protection of trees: A case study of Otjombinde
2 Trees under threat
Kiaat trees for wood-carving: A Kavango case study
Ainna Vilengi Kaundu
2 When the last tree has fallen
Forest conservation and the role of traditional leaders: A case study of the Bukalo
2 Community forest in progress
PART VII: FINDINGS AND THE WAY FORWARD
Findings and the way forward
Manfred O Hinz
1 Summary of the findings
2 Biodiversity and the ancestors
3 The way forward
List of field notes
Appendix I: Constitution of the Nyae Nyae Conservancy
Appendix II: Bukalo Community Forest Management Body Constitution
Appendix III: Maps of the areas studied
This is an extract from the book: Biodiversity and the Ancestors. Challenges to Customary and environmental law case studies from Namibia, by Manfred O. Hinz and Oliver C. Ruppel.
Book title: Biodiversity and the Ancestors
Subtitle: Challenges to Customary and environmental law case studies from Namibia
Editors: Manfred O. Hinz and Oliver C. Ruppel
Namibia Scientific Society
Windhoek, Namibia 2008
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 252 pages, 5 bw fotos, 13 maps
Hinz, Manfred O. und Ruppel, Oliver C. im Namibiana-Buchangebot
Biodiversity and the Ancestors. Challenges to Customary and environmental law case studies from Namibia
Spans an arc between legislative efforts on regional, national and local levels and traditional ways of maintaining the environment in Namibia
Recht von innen, Rechtspluralismus in Afrika und anderswo ist eine Festschrift zu Ehren von Prof. Dr. Manfred O. Hinz anläßlich seines 75. Geburtstages.
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