Afar pastoralists in a changing environment

Afar pastoralists in a changing rangeland environment is a synopsis of a doctoral thesis (Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences) by an Ethiopian rangeland scholar, Diress Tsegaye. It offers an interesting combination of wider pastoral systems views and detailed biological studies. The thesis itself includes two papers that deal with the pastoral livelihoods in northern Afar not far from the escarpment to the Ethiopian highlands, an area that receives more rain than most parts of Afar – a fact that is that is not mentioned in the synopsis. The other three papers deal with population dynamics of an important fodder tree (Dobera glabra) in the area and germination characteristics of seeds from the tree.

Posted on 31 January 2012 in Pastoralism & Natural Resources