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Cornell University

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Spring 2018

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


Despite the overwhelming enthusiasm for urban greenspaces throughout the Global North, discussion around parks in the developing world has scarcely been met with the same vigor. This study aims to bring attention to the unique aspects and strengths of urban greenspaces in East Africa, as well as the ways in which these spaces can be improved. The history, use, and management of greenspace was examined through literature review, observation, and interview. The historical and cultural significance of greenspace throughout Stone Town was found to both influence and run contrary to the current uses. Management of greenspace was convoluted and inefficient due to the Revolutionary Government’s history, and continues to influence the location and design of new greenspaces. The uses and management were often incongruous, and did not allow for flexibility. These target areas provide opportunities to better understand the unique aspects of greenspace in Stone Town as well as the ways in which they can be improved.


African Studies | Community-Based Research | Environmental Studies | Urban Studies and Planning | Work, Economy and Organizations


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