Drawbacks of decentralized natural resource management: Experience from Chilimo Participatory Forest Management project, Ethiopia

Abrar Juhar Mohammed, Makoto Inoue

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This paper highlights the drawbacks of decentralized natural resource management in the rarely researched country, Ethiopia. We argue that, under the guise of decentralization policies, the central government extended its authority and also forced the high costs of its policy onto local people. In addition, local authorities have been dominated by local leaders who have changed rules to their own advantage. Moreover, the central government has failed to support local authorities. We also show the negative impacts of the shortcomings of decentralization on natural resource governance by local people, including lessened discharge of responsibilities for management and exclusion, as well as on people's livelihoods, as in the polarization of benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forest Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 1



  • Decentralization
  • Ethiopia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry

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