Traditional knowledge and community resilience in Wadi Allaqi, Egypt

Kandal, H. A., Yacoub, H. A., Gerkema, M. P. & Swart, J. A. A., Dec-2019, In : Journal of Arid Environments. 171, 10 p., 103987.

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In this study, we investigate the impact of the formation of Lake Nasser in the mid-1960s and the establishment of a new village in the vicinity of the lake in the early 2000s on traditional knowledge of a Bedouin community. We focus particularly on items relating to rangeland and settlement. Questions, based in part on literature, were asked in interviews with Bedouin people living in non-permanent settlements along the shores of Lake Nasser and people living in the village. Our results reveal significant knowledge differences between groups of people older and younger than 50 years of age. We also found significant gender differences with regard to issues relating to rangeland, but not with regard to those relating to settlement. No differences could be attributed to whether people were living in non-permanent dwellings on the shores of Lake Nasser or in the village. The results further revealed that new agricultural knowledge has been developed with regard to the use of aquatic species for animal feed. The combination of preserving some knowledge domains and developing new ones fits to the concept of community resilience: the capacity of communities to withstand disturbances and adjust to changing circumstances by adapting their knowledge systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103987
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2019


  • Traditional knowledge, Community resilience, Rangeland-related knowledge, Settlement-related knowledge, Wadi Allaqi, Egyptian Bedouins, ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE, INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, BIOSPHERE RESERVE, MEDICINAL-PLANTS, MARKET-ECONOMY, BIODIVERSITY, ADAPTATION, LANDSCAPES, MANAGEMENT, RESOURCES

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