Indigenous Practices of Ganta Community in Protecting Natural Resources, Gamo Gofa Zone, Ethiopia
International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy
Volume 5, Issue 5, September 2017, Pages: 74-83
Received: Nov. 27, 2016; Accepted: Jun. 26, 2017; Published: Nov. 30, 2017
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Daniel Shiferaw, Project Concern International (PCI), Robe, Ethiopia
Serekebirhan Takele, Department of Biology, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Alemayehu Hailemichael, Department of Biology, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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Indigenous knowledge (IK) is a knowledge that people in a given community has developed over time, and continues to develop. IK on environment contributes to sustain ecosystem services and to mitigate climate change. The study explored the role of indigenous practices in protecting natural resource around Arba Minch ZuriaWoreda of ZigityKebeles. It used perception of people on the role of indigenous practices in natural resources management and environment protection using structured and non-structured questionnaires, focused group discussions with key informant and interview of 143 individuals. Data on ecological knowledge was collected from 12 sample villages with 40 key informants. Accordingly, 75% of the respondents agreed that the communities are not using indigenous practices for natural resources management in their area development program. Similarly, 76% of the respondents agreed that there was little support from government, and other institutions on traditional knowledge capacity building. However, indigenous practices of traditional land management have existed as the part of Ganta community and this was reflected by different local terminologies, proverbs, and sayings. There is a well-structured traditional institution that benefits the conservation of natural resources. The study recommended that traditional practices of the community have to be fully applied in natural resource management strategies of any development program in the area. Integrating the local knowledge to work with the existing social institutions will increases the efficiency of natural resources management system.
Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Practice, Natural Resources Management, Environment, Ecological Knowledge
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Daniel Shiferaw, Serekebirhan Takele, Alemayehu Hailemichael, Indigenous Practices of Ganta Community in Protecting Natural Resources, Gamo Gofa Zone, Ethiopia, International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy. Vol. 5, No. 5, 2017, pp. 74-83. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepp.20170505.12
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