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Social and Ecological Constraints on Decision Making by Transhumant Pastoralists: A Case Study from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains
Zakia AKASBI; Jens OLDELAND; Jürgen DENGLER; Manfred FINCKH
Corresponding AuthorZakia AKASBI
2012-06
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
Volume9Issue:3Pages:307-321
AbstractTranshumant pastoralism is an important activity in southern Morocco. Migration pattern of transhumant pastoralists can be affected by physical factors (e.g. droughts and diseases) or socioeconomic factors (e.g. schooling options for children and migration costs). We studied the spatio-temporal rangeland usage of the three tribes Ait Mgoun, Ait Zekri, and Ait Toumert in the south-central Atlas region with a two-fold approach. First, we tracked the migration movements of one representative transhumant herd using the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) collars, which record coordinates from satellite signals. Second, we interviewed herders to obtain information about general grazing practices of the respective tribe and to gain more direct information on motivations underlying decisions. For each tribe we observed small-, medium- and large-scale movements. We found that the most important drivers of migration decisions were seasonal fodder availability and weather conditions in combination with herd-specific risk and cost assessment, as well as personal factors. In conclusion, general migration patterns vary in time, both between and within the tribes, but according to a regulatory framework. Moreover, it appears that both the customary rules and its flexible adaptation to physical constraints are  generally beneficial in terms of conservation of the arid and semiarid rangeland resources.
KeywordAit Mgoun Ait Zekri Ait Toumert Argos Goat Grazing High Atlas Jebel Saghro Migration Pattern Rangeland Small Ruminant Transhumance
DOI10.1007/s11629-009-2320-8
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/5100
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2012_Vol9 No.3
Corresponding AuthorZakia AKASBI
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Zakia AKASBI,Jens OLDELAND,Jürgen DENGLER,et al. Social and Ecological Constraints on Decision Making by Transhumant Pastoralists: A Case Study from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2012,9(3):307-321.
APA Zakia AKASBI,Jens OLDELAND,Jürgen DENGLER,&Manfred FINCKH.(2012).Social and Ecological Constraints on Decision Making by Transhumant Pastoralists: A Case Study from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.Journal of Mountain Science,9(3),307-321.
MLA Zakia AKASBI,et al."Social and Ecological Constraints on Decision Making by Transhumant Pastoralists: A Case Study from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains".Journal of Mountain Science 9.3(2012):307-321.
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