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Title: Indigenous common Grazing Land Management in Chencha Wereda, South Ethiopia
Authors: Ogato, Abera
Advisors: Woldeamlak Bewket (Ph.D)
Copyright: 2006
Date Added: 21-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Traditional/indigenous knowledge is accredited much in recent time by post modernism development approach. One of many areas that indigenous knowledge play role is resource management that local people practice through informal institutional structure. In Ethiopia there are sophisticated indigenous common resource management systems both in highland and lowlands .Although there is huge potential in the country, it has not given policy concern. In line with this concept the study was undertaken on indigenous communal grazing land management in the Chencha Wereda, one of the districts in GamoGofa Zone, South Ethiopia. To meet the objectives of the study, qualitative methods were mainly employed. Four communities were selected; out of these a total of 135 households were covered; focus group discussions and key informants interview was undertaken in detail. The findings have shown that the communal lands are economically invaluable and also have cultural significance to user groups .Their existence as common resource maintained by the indigenous institutional structure which is again part of the social structure of the highland people since long times. Although the communal land use is tied with the rural life, attention has not been given by development endeavours which have taken place in the district in the past times and even today there is neglect to the traditional land use. Hence they are in most cases planned for other land uses. Again the study shows that a change over communal land use yields negative results to the communities ,especially to the relatively poorest who have less alternative resources to graze on or extract other benefits to sustain themselves. In general the paper concludes by indicating ways for ward for sustainable use of these communal grazing lands under the title of the communities and custodianship of the indigenous institutional structure.
Description: A Thesis submitted to the school of graduate studies of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Regional and Local Development Studies (RLDS)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/724
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