The Importance of Eco-Theatre for Biodiversity Conservation (With Special Reference to “Kasso Weserbi Kebele”), Oromia Regional State, Central Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


No reasonable doubt that the order of nature’s balance has been disrupted by anthropogenic impacts. The purpose of this study is to assess how eco-theatre is used as a tool for biodiversity conservation in Oromia Reginal Stete “Kasso Weserbi kebele”. The research was conducted from October 2017 to July 2018. The study is descriptive in its design and employed both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Questionnaires via theatrical performance and interview were the main data collection tools. Through random sampling technique, 200 questionnaires were distributed to Kasso Weserbi communities and purposive sampling was used for concerned Experts and local community representatives. SPSS was used to analyze the data. The data obtained were analyzed in descriptive ways. Before the theatrical performance, more than 59% of the respondents replied that they didn’t participate in biodiversity conservation activities. On the other side, 90% of the respondents replied that although they didn’t saw theatrical performance and didn’t get experience, they believe that using theater plays a vital role in creating better performance in the society. After the theatrical performance, 92% of participants responded that, they have got a good experience from the performed eco-theatre and they will participate afterwards in BDC, 99% of the respondents replied eco-theatre is best tool for BDC, 70.9% of respondent replied that the theatrical performance was add value and 93% said eco-theatre have vital role to create awareness. Accordingly, the findings revealed that eco- theatre is important to stimulant creative thought using theatrical performance and to motivate the community members to act on their ecological issue. To clarify and increase the understanding of BDC and the human impact on environment, Eco-theatre is one of the practical tools to solve environmental problems. It gives possibility and increase motivation to actively participate in improving the local neighborhood for biological conservation. Moreover, eco-theatre can reach personal connection with environment through dialogue performance by clarifying the values and feelings of audience related to biodiversity conservation. To realize this, the co-operation and involvement of the community members are the most important to make the adaptation process effective and useful through eco-theatre. Finally, this research recommended that concerned institution is needed mainly to empower the communities through eco-theatre. To realize this, theatre must be integrated with biodiversity conservation programs.



Biodiversity Conservation, Eco-Theatre, Performance, Kasso Weserbi, Ethiopia