Current social and rangeland access trends among pastoralists in the Western Algerian Steppe

Slimane Bencherif, Mohamed Boumedienne Dahmani , Daniel Burgas, Pablo Manzano

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Abstract

In the western Algerian steppe, the public authorities have carried out actions aimed at rural development (agricultural development programs) and combating desertification (grazing reserves) to counter the significant and rapid loss of vegetation cover of pastures by overgrazing, and the consequent impacts on local livelihoods. In the Rogassa area, these actions have impacted land tenure and the ancestral and collective way of land use and access. These changes have caused transformations in lifestyle and pasture management. This research aims to characterize how such changes are affecting local pastoralists and what their perceptions are about them. A selective sampling of 150 agropastoral households was carried out by interviewing their heads, analyzing socioeconomic, land tenure and government perception variables. Most agropastoralists access land under tribal tenure, conditioned by local social structures. Pastures are prevailingly perceived by pastoralists as insufficient, and the perception of grazing reserves is largely negative. Pastoralists are worried about land degradation and declining grazing lands, and are looking for solutions and alternatives. However, state interventions have been uncoordinated and have not considered their customary land rights. The generalized awareness of environmental deterioration points to the need for better communication and intervention strategies to be developed by authorities in the future that involve the inhabitants of these lands.
Original languageEnglish
Article number674
JournalLand
Volume10
Issue number7
Number of pages14
ISSN2073-445X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • pastoral society
  • livelihood transformation
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • land degradation
  • 5142 Social policy
  • development programs
  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • rangeland access
  • land tenure
  • rangeland access
  • land degradation
  • agropastoralists
  • land tenure
  • pastoral society
  • livelihood transformation
  • development programs

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