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Baro-Akobo River Basin Wetlands: Livelihoods and Sustainable Regional Land Management (Ethiopia)

Wood, A., Sutcliffe, J.P. and Dixon, Alan ORCID: (2017) Baro-Akobo River Basin Wetlands: Livelihoods and Sustainable Regional Land Management (Ethiopia). In: The Wetland Book. Springer Netherlands, Van Godewijckstraat, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-94-007-6173-5

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The Baro-Akobo system from Ethiopia, along with a major tributary the Sobat from South Sudan, contributes 48 % of the flow of the White Nile where these river systems join downstream of Malakal. Within the Baro-Akobo system in Ethiopia there are wetlands at altitudes from 400 m amsl to over 2000 m, varying in size from 1 ha to more than 1000 ha. These wetlands provide a range of ecosystem services and play critical roles in the livelihoods of the local people. These communities have built up considerable local knowledge about these areas and have developed community management systems. These skills need to be developed and applied more rigorously to address the threats to wetlands to ensure sustainable use with catchment and wetlands managed together in a functional landscape approach.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: The Baro-Akobo, Ethiopia, Sobat, South Sudan, White Nile, river systems, ecosystem, livelihood - sustainable westland management, community institutions, floodplains, valley bottom westlands, local knowledge, functional landscape approach, SERG
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Alan Dixon
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 11:15

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