Grant TypePost PhD Research Grant
Institutional AffiliationWisconsin, Madison, U. of
Grant numberGr. 9666
Approve DateApril 18, 2018
Project TitleStambach, Dr. Amy Elizabeth, U. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI - To aid research on 'How Do People Manage Water on Mount Kilimanjaro? Kinship May be Key'
Preliminary abstract: This research project seeks to understand how people living on Mount Kilimanjaro manage water resources under conditions of climate change and out-migration from the mountain to urban areas. To examine this phenomenon, this twelve-month field study focuses on how, in the context of dwindling rainforests and the disappearance of four of Kilimanjaro’s six glaciers, people have become increasingly concerned that their lineage-based water management system is no longer viable or relevant. Understanding Kilimanjaro residents’ water management practices in the face of changing demographic and environmental conditions is fundamental to building an ethnographically grounded picture of resource and community sustainability. To ascertain how people manage resources in ways that maintain socially valued interactions, the project employs a five-fold methodology involving field survey of water managers and users; mapping of water ways and infrastructure; participant observation; interview and focus group discussions; and document and records collection. In studying generationally changing patterns of familial and kinship relationships that shape communities’ common resource management of water, the project creates a foundation for understanding how family-economic-resource relations are transformed in socio-cultural and political landscapes marked by rapid and notable environmental and climate change.