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Lake drying and livelihood dynamics in Lake Chad: Unravelling the mechanisms, contexts and responses

Overview of attention for article published in Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment, July 2016
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Title
Lake drying and livelihood dynamics in Lake Chad: Unravelling the mechanisms, contexts and responses
Published in
Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment, July 2016
DOI 10.1007/s13280-016-0805-6
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Authors

Uche T. Okpara, Lindsay C. Stringer, Andrew J. Dougill

Abstract

This article examines lake drying and livelihood dynamics in the context of multiple stressors through a case study of the "Small Lake Chad" in the Republic of Chad. Livelihoods research in regions experiencing persistent lake water fluctuations has largely focused on the well-being and security of lakeshore dwellers. Little is known about the mechanisms through which lake drying shapes livelihood drawbacks and opportunities, and whether locally evolved responses are enhancing livelihoods. Here we address these gaps using empirical, mixed-methods field research couched within the framework of livelihoods and human well-being contexts. The analysis demonstrates that limited opportunities outside agriculture, the influx of mixed ethnic migrants and the increasing spate of violence all enhance livelihood challenges. Livelihood opportunities centre on the renewal effects of seasonal flood pulses on lake waters and the learning opportunities triggered by past droughts. Although drying has spurred new adaptive behaviours predicated on seasonality, traditional predictive factors and the availability of assets, responses have remained largely reactive. The article points to where lake drying fits amongst changes in the wider socio-economic landscape in which people live, and suggests that awareness of the particularities of the mechanisms that connect lake drying to livelihoods can offer insights into the ways local people might be assisted by governments and development actors.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 44 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 30%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 18%
Student > Bachelor 7 16%
Unspecified 5 11%
Researcher 4 9%
Other 7 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 13 30%
Environmental Science 9 20%
Unspecified 8 18%
Engineering 3 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 7%
Other 8 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 26. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 February 2019.
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#624,355
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Outputs from Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment
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