L. Jen Shaffer

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Department of Anthropology
University of Georgia
250A Baldwin Hall
Jackson Street
Athens , GA Athens , United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Indigenous Fire Use to Manage Savanna Landscapes in Southern Mozambique
Pages: 43-59
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0602043

Prescribed burn regimes for protected areas in southern Africa are often based solely on modeling of historic data and onsite experimentation. Most rural communities in this region continue to rely on fire to manage natural resources for subsistence needs, yet relatively few detailed studies of local fire knowledge and practices exist. The long history of anthropogenic fire in southern Africa suggests that traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of fire could provide further insight into location-specific anthropogenic contributions to fire-savanna interactions. This study used an ethnographic approach to investigate how local people think about and manage fire as part of their daily activities in two rural communities in southern Mozambique.  [Read More]

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