Wetland Conservation and Management Practices in Ethiopia: A Review

Demeke Asmamaw


This paper reviews Ethiopia’s experience and research progress in past Wetland Conservation and Management Practices and suggests possible solutions for improvement. In Ethiopia, wetlands have a social, economic and ecological importance, however, due to the increasing human population size, poverty, and dependency on wetland resources, the degradation and loss of wetlands and their biodiversity is growing at alarming rate. The influence of human activities on the landscape has traditionally been deleterious, but this trend seems to have recently reversed in some parts of the country following the engagement of the communities in land management. The efficiency of conservation  and management of wetlands in Ethiopia show multi-sectoral interest that make it imperative to involve a number of sectors to coordinate their efforts to generate reliable data on the value and other attributes on wetlands; in general, restoration and creation  of wetlands can help maintain the benefits of wetlands and their surrounding ecosystems and at the same time accommodate the human need for development.

DOI: 10.7176/JNSR/9-20-03

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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