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Title: Community Values and Natural Resource Managementrce Management:(The case of indegenous and settler communities in Kefa with particular reference to forest resources)
Authors: Abatte, Yonas
Advisors: Alula Pankrhust (Ph. D.)
Copyright: 2005
Date Added: 22-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The thesis has attempted to examine the local socio-cultural values and traditional beliefs of indigenous and non-indigenous communities affecting their relations towards their environment in three villages in Kafa, Gimbo Woreda. The communities involved were the Kafecho and Mänjo (from indigenous) and the settlers (“Safari”—as locally called) from non-indigenous group. The study Woreda and the villages were selected systematically. The justifications were relative existences of encroachment to forestlands, availability of mixes of study communities (e.g., Kafechos, Mänjos, and settlers in relative distances and combinations), accessibility, time and limitations of research cost. The nature of the study commanded methodological pluralism. Thus, combinations of surveys, qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques were employed. The study showed that there have been hosts of cultural factors, community values and traditional belief systems, which used to favor the wise use of natural resources in the area. Although the Kafechos have highly discriminating against the Mänjos throughout their entire history, the two have fairly similar traditional beliefs and socio-cultural backgrounds. Their value systems have been based on segregating one group from the other. The settlement scheme has been another threatening factor to the already contested condition over resources. The “Safari” brought new farming system, intensive highland agriculture, which required wider areas as compared to the indigenous household farms that have been practiced both on small plots and, often, environmental friendly. Finally, it was noted that the area has, already, been experiencing rapid transformation. Among the change agents are population growth, cultural mixes, intrusion of the “Safari” along with their different farming styles, socio-cultural background, etc.
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTERS OF ARTS IN REGIONAL AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/856
Appears in:Thesis - Regional and Local Development

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