Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management: Challenges For the Bedouin<sup>1</sup>

Ahmed Belal, John Briggs, Joanne Sharp and Irina Springuel

in Bedouins by the Lake

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161988
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970320 | DOI:
Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management: Challenges For the Bedouin1

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This chapter explains how the Bedouin of Wadi Allaqi have responded to new resource opportunities. After a discussion of the traditional basis of Bedouin livelihoods in the Eastern Desert, it illustrates how the changed resource opportunities have brought new groups of people to the desert (including commercial farmers, fishermen, and miners). These have introduced further changes to Bedouin life, such as improved transport links to Aswan and the emergence of wage labor. The Bedouin hold detailed knowledge of the desert environment, and it is this that allows them to manage their environment and survive within it. New resource opportunities are incorporated into indigenous knowledge systems, presenting an excellent opportunity to see how these systems deal with new ideas as well as those that are no longer relevant.

Keywords: Bedouins; Wadi Allaqi; livelihoods; resource opportunities; wage labor

Chapter.  12306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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