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Title:Ecocultural control of natural energy resources in Southern Ethiopia
Author:Amborn, HermannISNI
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 1430-1938)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:natural resources
sustainable development
environmental management
agricultural ecology
indigenous knowledge
Abstract:Dealing with resource problems, energy balance, and sustainable climate protection have become subjects of public interest. Indigenous knowledge and concepts, however, are seldom dealt with by Western scientists. On the basis of exemplary cases from South-Western Ethiopia, the interdependence of technical, social, and symbolic knowledge and experiences is demonstrated, from which a model can be derived. With the aid of this model, it can be shown, under certain cultural conditions and through controlled mastery of vital resources, how a symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment can be developed which does not endanger the habitat in question. The decisive factor in this case is an ethos that places man in a context of space and time which goes beyond his own lifetime and provides a link to past and future generations. Counterexamples show the fragile character of the presented system of relationships. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]