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Title:Dynamics in pastoral resource management and conflict in the Borana rangelands of southern Ethiopia
Author:Reda, Kelemework Tafere
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:natural resource management
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2015.1126526
Abstract:Based on primary and secondary data, this paper provides a qualitative account of current changes in the pattern of natural resource management as a result of resource degradation and conflict in the Borana rangelands of southern Ethiopia. Population pressure, recurrent drought and the depleted carrying capacity of pastoral resources, as well as the encroachment of neighbouring ethnic groups, present the Borana community with a significant challenge. The diminishing resilience of traditional politico-judicial institutions under the famous 'Gada' system often result in the rise of new forms of land use such as farming and private enclosures, which compete with the traditional communal tenure system. The gradual collapse of traditional norms and value systems and the apparent inefficiency in the formal administrative structures have exacerbated the problems of resource degradation and conflict between multiple resource-users. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]