Understanding Local Dynamics in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management
Indigenous Traditional Institutions and Common Pool Resources in Ethiopia: The Case of Halaba Serra and the Bilate Area Closure Project
Abstract This chapter investigates the nexus between serra, an indigenous traditional institution, and the use, management and conservation of common pool resources in rural Ethiopia. By building on empirical findings from an area closure project in Halaba woreda, Southern State, the study shows that although the judicial function of serra has diminished, it still constitutes a pillar of local cultural identity and societal stabilization.
Key words: Area closure, Halaba serra, indigenous traditional institutions, common pool resources
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