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University of Cape Town (2001)

Is commercial livestock farming environmentally viable within the Orange and Fish River catchment area (OFCA) of Southern Namibia ?

Van der Merwe, Schalk

Titre : Is commercial livestock farming environmentally viable within the Orange and Fish River catchment area (OFCA) of Southern Namibia ?

Auteur : Van der Merwe, Schalk

Université de soutenance : University of Cape Town.

Grade : M.Phil degree in Environmental Science 2001

Résumé
There are neither historical nor current baseline information relating to the productivity of the OFCA veld and a definite link between the current crisis and the possibly that it is suffering from the effects of having farmed the OFCA veld into a state of durable suboptimal productivity remains to be conclusively established. This current study has been undertaken in order to investigate such a possible link, and to reach a more definite conclusion with regards to the contribution of negative environmental feedback which may have arisen from commercial farming. Specifically, the study investigates the relationship between commercial livestock grazing regimes, possible associated resource degradation (losses in veld productivity and adverse structuring of botanical communities due to livestock grazing effects), and the current productive crisis within the sector.

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