The processes of forest policy making and implementation in Ethiopia


The processes of forest policy making and implementation in Ethiopia

This thesis deals with forest governance in Ethiopia. Forest governance is an important subject to study both as an emerging field of scientific analysis and as a means to understand and tackle the practical challenges facing forest resource management and conservation.

Promovendus AN (Alemayehu) Ayana MSc
Promotor prof.dr. BJM (Bas) Arts
Copromotor Freerk KF (Freerk) Wiersum
Copromotor prof. dr A Agrawal
Organisatie Wageningen University, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

ma 23 juni 2014 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

Forests are one of the vital renewable resources that support the livelihoods of millions of people in Ethiopia. Despite their significance, Ethiopia is fast losing its forest resources due to intense and unsustainable human uses coupled with institutional and policy deficiencies.

Alemayehu Negassa Ayana
If the purpose of the forest governance reform in Ethiopia was to replace one institutional structure with another, the reform efforts over the last five decades have been successful, but if it was also to redress the social and environmental challenges perceived in the prior period, it has largely failed.
Alemayehu Negassa Ayana

Forest governance in Ethiopia

This study aims to provide a better understanding of how forest governance has developed and been practiced in Ethiopia over the past five decades at multiple political-administrative levels by multitude of actors. The thesis thereby contributes to the scientific analysis of governance from the perspective of a country for which there is a dearth of relevant research. It also comprehensively explains the establishment process and performance of forest governance reforms in Ethiopia. It is hoped that the results will assist people who design and implement forest and related natural resource policies.