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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Socio-ecological resilience to climate change effects in peri-urban areas: insights from the Pugu and Kazimzumbwi forest reserves of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Mngumi, Lazaro

Abstract

This article is exploring socio-ecological system adaptive capacities for building resilience to climate change effects in the peri-urban belt of Dar es Salaam, at the Pugu and Kazimzumbwi forest reserves. Three selected hamlets (Nzasa, Kisarawe and Pugu–Kibaoni) constitute the study area. A combination of household interview, key informant interview, focus group discussion complemented by literature review compose data collection techniques deployed. The study revealed diverse socio-ecological system ‘adaptive capacities’ for building resilience to climate change effects. These includes socio-cultural i.e. heterogenous ethnic groups, promising literacy rate, diverse age cohorts within the population and diverse occupations. Another set of adaptive capacities at Pugu and Kazimzumbwi socio-ecological system regards diverse and innovative ecosystem services based income generating activities i.e. Bee keeping industry and tourism industry in its multiple forms (food tourism, arts and craft tourism and nature tourism). Overall, the Pugu and Kazimzumbwi socio-ecological system has considerable adaptive capacities providing ample platform for agents to act upon in building resilience to climate change effects. It is hereby recommended that the nature, role and extent of agency be explored so as to establish the status quo and therefore the feasible entry point for policy intervention.

Keywords

Provisioning ecosystem services; Cultural ecosystem services; Adaptive capacities; Economic diversity; Peri-urban

Published in

GeoJournal
2021, volume: 86, pages: 339–355

Authors' information

Mngumi, Lazaro
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Mngumi, Lazaro
Ardhi University

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action
SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
SDG10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

UKÄ Subject classification

Human Geography
Economic Geography
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-019-10071-9

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/103997