INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS AND THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE SHANGWE COMMUNITY IN GOKWE DISTRICT, ZIMBABWE
The rapid decline in global biodiversity is being attributed to the erosion of traditional beliefs globally. In the Gokwe area of Zimbabwe, the Shangwe people are known for their wise use of IKS in the preservation of their environment. They are also known for their cultural beliefs and taboos which can be recognized in songs and dance as they give veneration to their Nevana rain spirit.
RESEARCH GOALS AND METHODS
To assess the influence of the Shangwe IKS to their local environment, participant observations and interviews are used to gather qualitative data. Data is collected in Gokwe North and Gokwe South.
CONCLUSIONS AND TAKEAWAYS
The authors state that, the Shangwe Indigenous Knowledge, which is strongly connected to their spiritual values, is critical in the preservation and conservation of natural resources. Hence the authors, recommend that, instead of copying strategies from the developed world, African governments and policy makers should promote Indigenous Knowledge to benefit the local people and future generations. They also recommend further research on the role of IK in different ethnic groups.
Ngara, Renias, and Remigios V. Mangizvo. "Indigenous knowledge systems and the conservation of natural resources in the Shangwe community in Gokwe District, Zimbabwe." International Journal of Asian Social Science 3, no. 1 (2013): 20-28.
- University of Fort Hare, South Africa