Indigenous knowledge and water use by Ethiopian pastoralists

Valuing local knowledge related to natural resource management important for development interventions in pastoral area but it is often difficult to link up development planners with “indigenous knowledge”. The paper Valuing “indigenous knowledge” related to water usage among Garri pastoralists of southern Ethiopia (African Study Monographs, Supplement 48: 49–58, March 2014) focuses on a major current feature of water use among Garri pastoralists who live around Moyale and Hudet: the spread of private waterpoints.

These are now among the most important water sources in the region, but are being constructed to the detriment of communal waterpoints. They invite acknowledgement of the social embeddedness of natural resource management and indigenous environmental knowledge. The author discusses how private ownership of waterpoints among the Garri has affected the social organisation of pastoralists in the southern Ethiopian lowlands over the past decade.

Posted on 6 December 2015 in Pastoralism & Natural Resources