The Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Climate Change in Pastoral Communities of Ethiopia
American Journal of Environmental Protection
Volume 6, Issue 3, June 2017, Pages: 69-74
Received: Mar. 6, 2017; Accepted: Mar. 21, 2017; Published: May 23, 2017
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Alefu Chinasho, Department of Environmental Science, College of Natural and Computational Science, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
Dalga Yaya, Department of Environmental Science, College of Natural and Computational Science, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
Samuel Tessema, Department of Environmental Science, College of Natural and Computational Science, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
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The world’s drylands are home to 2 billion people, many of whom depend on natural resources, biodiversity and agro-biodiversity for their livelihoods. The vulnerability of pastoral communities to climate change is higher than those who depend on agriculture (crop production) due to the synergic effect of inadequate health services, inadequate infrastructure, poverty (especially among rural communities), lack of alternative means of income(especially in marginal areas), inadequate public awareness of disease risks, illiteracy, and so on. As a result, this review focuses on the adaptive and mitigation strategies for pastoral communities to climate change and variability in Ethiopia. The objective of this review is to identify different adaptation and mitigation strategies (both traditional and modern) to climate change that should be used in different Pastoral communities of Ethiopia. In other words, it helps those pastoral communities to share the information about applicability and benefits of the new adaptation and mitigation strategies, and/or improve the implementation process of previously existing strategies (measures). Consequently, the loss of human and livestock life, damage of buildings by wind, reduction in production and productivity, extra cost for cure, inappropriate (sudden migration), and disturbance of overall activities of pastoral community can be minimized by sharing the important information about the future occurrence of disasters. The appropriate measures either used by local communities and/or recommended by different researchers after their findings are: keeping or improving animal health, de-stocking and re-stocking livestock depending on weather conditions, keeping the sustainability of livestock feed and water, diversifying livelihood, seasonal migration, using alternate energy sources other than fire wood and charcoal, improving human health (sanitation) and clean water supply, market and infrastructure development and improvement, using integrated natural resource management, and sound policy and Conflict resolution methods.
Adaptation, Climate Change, Conflict Resolution, Mitigation, Pastorals
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Alefu Chinasho, Dalga Yaya, Samuel Tessema, The Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Climate Change in Pastoral Communities of Ethiopia, American Journal of Environmental Protection. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2017, pp. 69-74. doi: 10.11648/j.ajep.20170603.12
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