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Ethiopia Research Briefings

Published 20.06.2012
Summary of some of the findings from our research in Ethiopia to date.

Ethiopia is a country exceptionally high in globally unique biodiversity, however wildlife populations throughout the country have been reduced to a fraction of what they were due to a number of causes, including hunting. This appears to have several root causes, including cultural traditions, subsistence, buffers during famines and reprisal against government. Several national parks and controlled hunting areas are spread across the country, but the institutional and financial capacity for protected area management is low and benefit sharing mechanisms with communities are lacking. Hunting management is highly focused on revenue derived from concessions and trophy fees, particularly those targeting the endangered mountain nyala - the world’s rarest mammal still subject to commercial harvest. HUSA examines the multiple drivers and impacts of hunting in both highland and lowland areas and assesses the potential for benefit sharing to help develop sustainable approaches to wildlife

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