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Assessing natural resource management through integrated environmental and social-economic accounting: The case of a Namibian conservancy

Morton H
Winter E
Grote U
September 2016

The authors construct an integrated Environmental and Social Accounting Matrix (ESAM) to assess how natural resources are used in different sectors and by different livelihoods. The study was conducted in Namibia’s Sikunga Conservancy and village-level ESAM shows an economic structure that strongly disadvantages remote households and identifies a small sector of the economy that benefits significantly from the use of natural resources. The authors believe that the ESAM approach can isolate undesirable socioeconomic developments such as unequal benefit sharing.

Publication type: 
Journal Article
Source name: 
The Journal of Environment and Development