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Socio-ecological Change in Rural Ethiopia

Understanding Local Dynamics in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management

Edited By Till Stellmacher

Socio-ecological change is characterized by interactions among a wide range of actors with different interests, needs and capabilities. Environmental planning has to contribute to the coalescence of local realities, multi-stakeholder land-use planning and policy making. Contributing to this discourse, this book presents empirical local case studies from Ethiopia that illustrate socio-ecological change in the form of rural livelihood transformation. Various approaches to environmental planning and natural resource management are depicted that can be used as lessons learned in similar contexts in Ethiopia and beyond.
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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

1.1 Introduction

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