Abiud Kaswamila

University of DodomaTanzania

Dr. Abiud Lucas Kaswamila is a land use planner cum environmentalist. He obtained his undergraduate Degree at the University of Dar es Salaam. He finished his Master\'s Degree in the Netherlands and his PhD in the UK. For 30 years he has worked as an Agricultural Extension Officer, Agricultural Researcher and a Don. Between 1978 and 1990 he worked as Serengeti District Land Use Planner (Mara Region) and later as Kagera Region Land Use Planner. From 1991 to 2000 he worked as a Senior Research Officer at Mlingano Agricultural Research Institute, Tanga. In 2000, Dr. Kaswamila joined the College of African Wildlife Management – Mweka as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Research and Consultancy before joining the University of Dodoma in 2008. Dr. Kaswamila has vast experience in protected areas bio-network land use planning, community conservation and conflict management and has published widely in areas of agriculture, poverty and livelihood and in community conservation. Currently Dr. Kaswamila is the head of the department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Dodoma.

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Natural resources conservation is one of the dilemmas currently facing mankind in both developed and the developing world. The topic is of particular importance for the latter, where the majority depend on terrestrial ecosystems for livelihood; more than one billion people live in abject poverty earning less than a dollar per day; more than 3.7 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiency and more than 800 million suffer from chronic hunger. Population increase, resource use conflicts, technological advancements, climate change, political doldrums, and unsustainable use and harvesting of resources have all put more pressure on natural resources leading to land degradation and poverty. To achieve a win-win situation, we need to change our mindset by thinking outside the box through advocating integrated and holistic approaches in managing our natural resources. This book presents a variety of sustainable strategies and/or approaches including use of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies, decision support system models, involvement of stakeholders in major decisions regarding use of natural resources, community level initiatives, and use of surveillance and monitoring mechanisms.

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