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Renewable Resources and Conservation: Water

Skills, employment, strong local institutions and good relationships between people and parks can counter subsistence poaching

Herbert Ntuli, Aksel Sundström, Martin Sjöstedt, Edwin Muchapondwa, Sverker C. Jagers, Amanda Linell
Subsistence poaching can severely threaten biodiversity and community livelihoods. It can lead to a decrease in wildlife abundance, and in the worst cases, extinction of certain species. This can have devastating ripple effects throughout ecosystems, jeopardize food security and impact on rural...
Sep 2019
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Efficiency of South African water utilities: a double bootstrap DEA analysis

Celiwe Samkange, Jugal Mahabir and Johane Dikgang
Although the efficiency of the water sector has been studied extensively utilising data envelopment analysis (DEA), the literature tends to use the conventional DEA model to compute efficiency scores. However, conventional DEA input/output data may contain random errors, which may result in...
Sep 2019
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Efficiency in South African water utilities: a comparison of estimates from DEA, SFA and StoNED

Genius Murwirapachena, Jugal Mahabir, Richard Mulwa and Johane Dikgang
Climate change has brought renewed and increasing attention to the productivity and efficiency of the water sector. This has stimulated interest, which has manifested itself in the increased application of statistical tools to measure the productivity and efficiency of water utilities. Policymakers...
Apr 2019
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To what extent does socio-economic status still affect household access to water and sanitation services in South Africa?

Dr Bruce Rhodes and Ms Tamlyn McKenzie
It is publically acknowledged that South Africa has recently met is Millennium Development Goal of halving water and sanitation services (WSS) backlogs. However, significant deficits remain, especially in the case of sanitation. These shortfalls are unevenly distributed across provinces and can be...
Mar 2018
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Counting the cost of drought induced productivity losses in an agro-based economy: The case of Uganda

Nicholas Kilimani, Jan van Heerden, Heinrich Bohlmann, Louise Roos
Climate variability can affect economies directly through its impact on agricultural output, and indirectly, through its effect on the activities of down-stream industries and household welfare. This paper uses a Computable General Equilibrium model with a disaggregated agricultural sector to...
Jun 2016
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Confronting South Africa’s Water Challenge: A Decomposition Analysis of Water Intensity

Marcel Kohler
Water resource intensity measures the intensity of water use in terms of volume of water per unit of value added. It is an internationally accepted environmental indicator of the pressure of economic activity on a country's water resources and therefore a reliable indicator of sustainable economic...
May 2016
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Effects of climatic conditions and agro-ecological settings on the productive efficiencies of small-holder farmers in Ethopia

Temesgen Tadesse Deressa
This study argues that the adaptation measures farmers take to reduce the negative impacts of climate change do affect farmers’ efficiency of production. To support this argument, two steps were followed to understand how climatic factors especially long term average seasonal rainfall and...
Jun 2011
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