Local institutions for Wetland Management in Ethiopia: Sustainability and state intervention

Alan B. Dixon, Adrian P. Wood

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Locally developed institutions that include rules and regulations, common values and mechanisms of conflictresolution are increasingly regarded as adaptive solutions to resource management problems at the grass-rootslevel. Since they are rooted in community social capital rather than in external, top-down decision making, theyare seen as being dynamic, flexible and responsive to societal and environmental change and, as such, theypromote sustainability. Within this context, this chapter examines the case of local institutions for wetlandmanagement in western Ethiopia. It discusses how the structure and functioning of these institutions haveevolved in response to a changing external environment, and the extent to which this has facilitated the sustainableuse of wetlands. It is suggested that these local institutions do play a key role in regulating wetland use, yetthey have, uncharacteristically, always relied on external intervention to maintain their local legitimacy. Nowthere are concerns that the institutional arrangements are breaking down due to a lack of support from localadministrative structures and current political ideology. This has major implications for the sustainable use ofwetland resources and food security throughout the region.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity-based Water Law and Water Resource Management Reform in Developing Countries
EditorsB.van Koppen, M. Giordano, J. Butterworth
PublisherCABI Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781845933265
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2007


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