Use of Community Cultural Practices and Beliefs in the Conservation of Lake Baringo Ecosystem in Kenya
International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2018, Pages: 32-38
Received: Jan. 18, 2018;
Accepted: Feb. 1, 2018;
Published: Jul. 11, 2018
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Ming’ate Mogambi Lamech Felix, Department of Environmental Studies and Community, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Karigu Mary, Department of Environmental Studies and Community, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Cultural practices and beliefs are closely linked to biodiversity conservation. The paper presents an analysis of information collected from three indigenous communities (Ichamus/Njemps, Pokots and Tugen) living in Lake Baringo ecosystem, Kenya. We argue that community cultural practices and beliefs have an impact in the conservation of ecosystems such as that of Lake Baringo. Descriptive survey method where semi-structured questionnaires were administered to household heads was used to collect data. Qualitative, participant observation and recording of key informants were also used in data collection. The data collected was guided by the Ecosystem Services (ES) framework. Analysis was done using a combination of descriptive and content analysis. The analysis shows that cultural practices and beliefs have some positive and negative impacts in the conservation of an ecosystem. It is recommended that cultural practices and beliefs may be useful in the conservation of an ecosystem but care must be taken to ensure that those culture practices that are not compatible with ecosystem management are eliminated.
Ming’ate Mogambi Lamech Felix,
Use of Community Cultural Practices and Beliefs in the Conservation of Lake Baringo Ecosystem in Kenya, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.
Vol. 3, No. 3,
2018, pp. 32-38.
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