Working with communities and building local institutions for sustainable land management in the Ethiopian highlands

Working with communities and building local institutions for sustainable land management in the Ethiopian highlands

Land management is a multi-dimensional and multi-institutional engagement that
demands collective analysis, design, and implementation of innovations. Its importance
for Ethiopia cannot be overemphasized, as land degradation threatens food
security and environmental sustainability. Building on a specific case study of a project
in Southern Ethiopia, the present article describes how the government and nonstate
agencies are collaborating to learn together while promoting improved land management practices and implementing land rehabilitation programs in communal
areas and farmlands in the Ethiopian highlands. Ensuring full involvement and commitment of stakeholders at different levels, building the capacity of local institutions, and redefining the role of communities and the state in a dynamic way are essential prerequisites for success. Suggestions have also been formulated to facilitate wider adoption and scaling up of improved land management innovations.

Authors: Amede, T.; Kassa, H.; Zeleke, G.; Shiferaw, A.; Kismu, S.; Teshome, M.

Topic: land management,government,non-governmental organizations,collaboration,community involvement,institutions

Geographic: Ethiopia

Publication Year: 2007

ISSN: 0276-4741

Source: Mountain Research and Development 27(1): 15-19

DOI: http://www.mtnforum.org/sites/default/files/pub/5703.pdf

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