An eco-anthropological study of the customary-based management of pastoral resources among the Wahehe of Iringa in Tanzania


Customary common management systems have been recognized as a potential source of human livelihoods and environmental conservation. Despite this recognition and despite East Africa being a paradigmatic region for the study of pastoralism which is paradigmatic for the commons, the customary community-based management of pastoral resources and the existence of potential pastoral ICCAs in this region have been given surprisingly poor scientific attention.

Through an in-depth ethnographical description and an eco-anthropological analysis of a case study among the Wahehe, agropastoral group of Iringa region (Southern Highlands of Tanzania), their traditional management system of pastoral natural resources is examined. A central question driving this research is which are the vectors that favor or not the creation of collective action in local natural resource governance.


Project dates

 September 2015 – October 2020

Research area


  • Pastoral resources management
  • Customary-based management of commons
  • ICCAs
  • Agro-pastoralism
  • Wahehe

Team members

Juan G. Renom
Juan G. Renom
PhD Researcher
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