Ecological Changes in the Zambezi River Basin. Edited by Mzime Ndebele-Murisa, Ismael Aaron Kimirei, Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya & Taurai Bere. CODESRIA, Dakar, 2020 , 260p., ISBN : 978-2-86978-713-1

This book provides an analysis of the ecological conditions and ecosystem goods and services of the Zambezi River Basin (ZRB), the fourth largest river in Africa. Various environmental and anthropogenic factors; inclusive of climate, environmental flows, hydrology, morphology, pollution and land use changes among others and their interactions are considered as drivers of the river ecosystems. The impacts of these drivers on aquatic biota, river ecological integrity, and the livelihoods of surrounding communities are analysed within the socio-economic-policy context. The book goes beyond the usual inventories and basic research by using the comparative research method (CRM) in a trans-disciplinary manner. This CRM analytical approach in this book seeks to interrogate the differences or similarities in socio-economic systems,
livelihoods, ecological systems, ecosystem goods and services, their usage and
management under the seemingly different cultural, socio-economic conditions
expected across boarders that are within the ZRB. The multidisciplinary approach also connects the typical ecological research with social dimensions in a holistic manner. The book therefore, provides empirical and research based evidence to support strategic planning and policy development in the wake of ecological changes that nations and indeed regions such as the ZRB are grappling with while seeking to sustainably manage precious river systems.

Mzime Regina Ndebele–Murisa is a Freshwater Ecologist and is currently a Program Specialist at START International in charge of the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) and other programs. She was previously based at Chinhoyi University of Technology and has over 15 years research experience in limnology, freshwater ecology, climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation of African ecosystems.

Ismael Aaron Kimirei is an Aquatic Ecologist and currently the Director General of the Tanzanian Fisheries Research Institute. He has extensive experience in fish biology and ecology, limnology, aquatic resources management, and climate change issues. Kimirei has worked in the Great Lakes of East Africa for over 16 years.

Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya is currently the International Collaborations Manager at Chinhoyi University of Technology. Her research interests are in rural and urban development with specific focus on climate change adaptation. She has over ten years’ experience in research and programme management.

Taurai Bere is a Researcher and Freshwater Ecologist in the Water Resource Sciences and Management Department at the Chinhoyi University of Technology. His main areas of expertise include river health assessment, biological monitoring of aquatic systems, aquatic eco-toxicology, and integrated water resources management.

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