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The role of Indigenous Knowledge in Land Management for Carbon Sequestration and Ecological Services in Southern Ethiopia
,bebe S-iferaw.*) /ans /urni 2) 0ete 1ele2e * 1.3orresponding aut-or) formerl4 5esearc- and Development &fficer !International 6ivestoc2 5esearc- Institute# now an e7pert in soil -ealt- and fertilit4 program at Et-iopian ,gricultural 8ransformation ,genc4 !,8,# and "-.D student !9niversit4 of :ern# E-mail; ,bebe.S-iferaw< or s-iferaw.abebe< ".&. :o7 7 $) ,ddis ,beba) Et-iopia 2."resident of 3entre for Development and Environment =3DE> and director of Swiss National 3enter of 3ompetence in 5esearc- =N335> Nort--Sout- "rogramme) 9niversit4 of :ern) Swit?erland *.Director of t-e @ater and 6and 5esource 3entre =@653> -Et-iopia and researc- proAect leader in N335 Nort--Sout- "rogramme !9niversit4 of :ern) Swit?erland# Ac nowledgement The authors are grateful to the U.S. National Science Foundation [NSF] for funding this study under grant number GEO !"#$%&' through (nternational ST)*T Secretariat as #!+! Grants for GE, *esearch in )frica. -e are grateful to .ere/e 0amo1 former Soil ,onser2ation *esearch 3rogramme staff1 for his assistance in field data collection. Abstract 8-e significance of Indigenous Bnowledge =IB> s4stems in management of sustainable ecos4stems -as long been recogni?ed. 8-is stud4 reflects t-e role of IB in sustaining ecos4stem services and contributing to carbon seCuestration among t-e @ola4ta people in Damot-Sore District) Sout-ern Et-iopia. 8-e stud4 applied an et-no-ecological approac- using 2e4 informants) group discussions) village-dialogues and validation met-ods. E7pert rating of land management practices and comparison of land suitabilit4 classifications s4stems was also used. ,lt-oug- past development -as overloo2ed IB) t-is stud4 reflects t-e significance and wealt- of IB as e7-ibited in t-e diversit4 of practices) terminolog4) and land suitabilit4 classification s4stem. ,mong t-e nine land management practices observed) indigenous agro-forestr4 -as t-e -ig-est potential in contributing to carbon seCuestration) mitigating climate c-ange and sustaining soil ecos4stem services. 3roplands -ave t-e most diverse and widel4 used indigenous land management practices compared wit- forests and grass lands. 8-e stud4 recommends furt-er Cuantitative valuation and integration of appropriate practices in development intervention. Ke! words" Ecological services) Et-iopia) Indigenous Bnowledge) 6and management) Soil carbon. #$ Introduction 1.1 General o2er2ie4 8-e importance of Indigenous Bnowledge =IB> in sustainable ecos4stem management -as been well-recogni?ed and it is now gaining increasing attention !@arren and 5aAase2aran 1++*; $D Bolawole 2 1; (D Samal et al1 2 1 ; 1( #. 8-e gap between scientific and indigenous 2nowledge is declining as scientists and indigenous people are collaborating in man4 parts of t-e world !5eiAntAes 2 (; (1#. 8oda4) farmerEs 2nowledge w-ic- was considered in t-e past as irrelevant) is now considered as relevant and sop-isticated insig-t !3-ambers) 1+$*; %-$D Bolawole) 2 1; (#. It is) -owever) good to note t-at IB is not in itself capable of addressing all of t-e issues in sustainable ecos4stem management !8ripat-i and :-attar4a) 2 (; *#. In an agro-ecos4stem) farmersF indigenous practices can lead to bot- to a sustainable and unsustainable management !:ellon 1++%; 2G*D Di7on) 2 2; G) Belbessa) 2 %; 17#. Nevert-eless) t-e importance of integrating IB into contemporar4 ecos4stem management is ta2en as a step to overcome problems of global concern li2e climate c-ange and unsustainable ecos4stem services !5ist and Da-dou--0uebasD 2 G; (G7#. 8-e term indigenous 2nowledge -as various meanings !Hood and ,griculture &rgani?ation =H,&>) 2 %; 7D :oillat) 2 $; $2-$*#. 8-ere is) -owever) general agreement t-at t-e terms li2e Iindigenous or local 2nowledgeJ) Itraditional !communit4# 2nowledgeJ) Iindigenous traditional 2nowledgeJ) Itraditional ecological !environmental# 2nowledge =8EB>J and Irural peoplesE 2nowledgeJ are all used for 2nowledge belonging to local people !8ripat-i and :-attar4a) 2 (; *D 9NE") 2 $; 22#. 8EB came into wide use in t-e 1+$ s !Inglis) 1++*; 1#. 8-e term indigenous 2nowledge !IB# is used to distinguis- 2nowledge developed b4 a given communit4 over several generations as opposed to t-e scientific 2nowledge !/erweg) 2 2; G7+D Bolawole) 2 1; (D ,Aibade 2 *; ++-1 D 8ripat-i and :-attar4a) 2 (; *#. IB is an institutionali?ed 2nowledge t-at passes


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from one generation to anot-er and develops wit-in a certain culture or et-nic group and strives to meet subsistence goals in a particular ecological setting !,Aibade) 2 *; ++#. IB is uniCue 2nowledge developed over time and continues to develop b4 people in a given communit4 or geograp-ic area !Samal et al. 2 1 ; 1( D International Institute for 5ural 5econstruction =II55> 1++G; 2 D H,& 2 %; 7-$D Kiti2u et.al1 2 G; 1$1#. , comparative review of bot- IB and scientific 2nowledge is available in Inglis !1++*; 2-G#. In t-is paper) t-e term indigenous 2nowledge and local 2nowledge are used s4non4mousl4. IB pla4s an important role in sustainable management of ecos4stems and can also -ave a role in addressing problems of global concern !8ripat-i and :-attar4a) 2 (; 2#. Indigenous people -ave e7tensive 2nowledge in managing landscapes !Kat-iui and Bariu2i) 2 7; %*G# wit- t-eir own land management e7perimentation ma2ing t-em more innovative !5eiAntAes 2 (; (2#. 8-ese local innovations ma2e indigenous practices contribute to sustainable management of ecos4stem and carbon seCuestration. 6al !2 (; +-11# describes carbon seCuestration as tec-nological option to mitigate climate c-ange. 8-e role of land management and carbon seCuestration -as been well reviewed b4 H,& !2 1#. 8-e term IseCuestrationJ is eCuivalent to t-e term IstorageJ !H,&) 2 1; *# and carbon seCuestration is t-e accumulation of carbon !organic matter# in sin2s li2e soil and vegetation from t-e atmosp-ere t-roug- using sustainable land management practices. De 0root) et al. !2 2; *+(# describe ecos4stem services as Icapacit4 of t-e environment to provide goods and services to satisf4 -uman needsJ. Hrom a functional point of view t-ere are four t4pes of services; productive) supportive) regulative and recreational. 3arbon seCuestration is part of t-e bio-geo-c-emical c4cle) w-ic- can be considered as regulative function of ecos4stem services !De 0root) et al.) 2 2; *+7#. Stud4ing t-e role of indigenous 2nowledge in land management contributes to better understanding on -ow to sustain ecos4stem services) adapt to climate c-ange and paves wa4 to integrate indigenous practices into development initiatives. Stud4ing t-e role of IB enables t-e use of transferable indigenous 2nowledge =8IB>) w-ic- -as t-e potential to be applied to ot-er sites also !Inglis) 1++*; *%D S-aw and S-arma) 2 7; *D Srivastava) S.) 2 +; (1 #. It also paves t-e wa4 for t-e protection of indigenous 2nowledge and t-eir environment !Davis and @ali) 1++(#. ,lt-oug- a vast -eritage of indigenous 2nowledge e7ists on ecos4stems) it is not well documented to be available in literature !@arren) 1++2; $#. 8-ere is a need to document indigenous 2nowledge !Bolawole) 2 1; (#. In Et-iopia) t-ere are over $ et-nic groups !3osoleto) 2 1 ; *# living under varied climatic conditions witdiverse ecos4stems and ric- bio-diversit4 !"lant 0enetic 5esources 3enter ="053>) 1++%; %-G#. @it- sucdiverse agro-ecolog4) ric- bio-diversit4 and e7istence of multi-et-nic groups) eac- et-nic group ma4 -ave a uniCue wa4 of managing its ecos4stem. 8-is stud4 -4pot-esi?es t-at indigenous 2nowledge in land management -as a vital role in sustaining ecos4stem services and in contributing to carbon seCuestration among t-e @ola4ta et-nic group in Sout-ern Et-iopia. IB mig-t -ave contributed a lot to t-e maintenance of t-e present-da4 ecological bio-diversit4 against t-e past natural and social problems in Et-iopia. In spite of government and partnersE effort on soil conservation since t-e mid-1+7 s !Environmental "rotection ,ut-orit4 of Et-iopia =E",E>) 1+$+#) little is 2nown on t-e role of IB) especiall4 in sustaining ecos4stem services and seCuestering carbon to mitigate climate c-ange. Koreover) e7cept for /urni !1+$(# and Bruger et al. !1++G#) t-ere -ave not been muc- efforts to understand t-e wealt- of IB focusing on land management and review past et-no-ecolog4 in Et-iopia. 8-e aim of t-is stud4 is to reflect t-e importance of IB from ecos4stem services and soil carbon seCuestration perspective in Sout-ern Et-iopia. In Sout-ern Et-iopia) t-e @ola4ta 1one is an appropriate site for stud4ing IB owning to its varied agro-ecolog4 and e7istence of ric- bio-diversit4 and different agro-ecologies leading to t-e e7istence of diverse land management practices. 8-e stud4 site) Damote-Sore) is situated in an enset-farming environment w-ere livestoc2 and crop production are integral part of t-e farming s4stem !He2adu) 2 +#) and w-ere enset is used as a staple crop along wit- root crops and cereals -ave minor importance. 8-is paper adds value to et-no-ecolog4 researc- in Et-iopia in four wa4s. Hirst) it gives an overview of past et-no-ecolog4 researc- in Et-iopia. Second) it s-ows t-e wealt- of IB in t-e stud4 area. 8-ird) it reflects t-e role of IB in tec-nolog4 adoption) sustaining of ecos4stem services wit- a focus on carbon seCuestration and climate c-ange adaptation. Hourt-) it s-ows w-4 IB -as not pla4ed its e7pected role as a result of c-anging socioeconomic conditions w-ere land degradation is prevalent. 1.2 Ethno ecology re2ie4 in Ethio5ia "ast researc- on indigenous 2nowledge -as paid little attention to ,frica !Belbessa) 2 %D 17#. 8-ere is poor record) lac2 of appreciation of IB and less attention was given to indigenous land management b4 e7perts) researc-ers and polic4 ma2ers in Et-iopia !5eiA) 1++1;12) Kiti2u et al) 2 GD 2G#. /owever) most farmers in Et-iopia are aware of soil related problems and -ave attitude to conserve land at farm level. ,lt-oug- less attention was given to IB) it -as remained an important) 4et unnoticed wealt- of 2nowledge for sustainable management of ecos4stem. In Et-iopia) an earl4 stud4 on IB was carried out in 1+$* b4 /urni !1+$(# and a more detailed stud4 was continued b4 ,lema4e-u in 1++2) Bruger et al. in 1++G and 0ebere Kic-ael in 1++G as cited in Soil 3onservation 5esearc- "rogramme =S35"> !2 #. 8-e earl4 studies b4 0ebere Kic-ael !1++$# and ,lema4e-u

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!1++2# focused on indigenous soil and water conservation. 8-e role of IB in pastoral areas for climate c-ange adaption was described in 0ebre Kic-ael and Bifle !2 +#. &t-er studies s-owed t-e role of IB in improving soil fertilit4) increasing crop 4ield and reducing erosion !Elias 1++7D /aileslassie et al.) 2 GD ,mede et al.) 2 1) 5eiA) 1++1) N4ssen) et al.) 2 ) "ound and Jonfa) 2 %) /erweg) 2 2) ,ssefa) 2 7) Er2ossa and ,4ele) 2 *#. 8-e role of IB in overcoming labor s-ortage is described in /erweg !2 2D G$1-G$2# and Kinistr4 of ,griculture and 5ural Development =Ko,5D> !2 1 D22#. , description of indigenous water -arvesting) agro-forestr4 and soil and water conservation in Et-iopia was underta2en b4 Ko,5D !2 1 # and 6iniger et al. !2 11# w-ile t-e ,frican /ig-land Initiative =,/I> !1++7; *(-*%# describes indigenous practices of burning -eaps of soil mi7ed wit- manure IguieJ in t-e Et-iopian -ig-lands. 8-e role of IB in wetland management -as been documented in relation wit- combating desertification !Di7on) 2 2#. Kost studies in t-e past -ave not e7amined t-e geograp-ic variation of IB practices) e7cept for ,ssefa !2 7D 2$# w-ic- focused on terracing. Studies b4 ,bera and :elac-ew !2 11# and 8egene !1++2# indicate IB e7istence t-oug- it focused on farmerEs perception. "ound and Jonfa !2 %D 11-1%# e7amined indigenous soil classification w-ile Kiti2u et al. !2 GD 1 7# indicates t-e e7istence of numerous traditional plowing s4stems in Et-iopia. 3ompared wit- available documents on et-no-arc-aeological !@eedman) 2 GD 1$7# et-no-veterinar4 !Kesfin and &bsa) 1++(D (17#) et-no- botan4 and et-no-medicine studies !,ddis et al) 2 %D $%#) studies on et-no-ecolog4 are scarce. 8-e above review s-ows t-at t-e 2e4 gap in past et-no-ecolog4 researc- is t-e absence of IB promotion for better use in development) protection and conservation of indigenous materials and practices. "ast researc- provides ample evidence on t-e role IB in contributing to liveli-oods) increasing productivit4 !crop) soil and water#) reduction of environmental degradation !loss of nutrients) bio-diversit4) and soils#. /owever) researc- evidence on t-e role of indigenous 2nowledge s4stems in sustaining ecos4stem services) contributing to carbon seCuestration and climate c-ange adaptation is still missing. %$ Methodolog! and stud! area 2.1 The study area 8-e stud4 area) Damot-Sore) is one of t-e 1* districts in @ola4ta 1one !3entral Statistics ,ut-orit4 =3S,>) 2 +D 2(-2G#. It is situated in t-e Sout-ern Nation Nationalities and "eoplesE 5egion =SNN"5> in Et-iopia at GL +1E +2.+EE and 7L 1+E 21.GEE Nort- latitude and *7L (*E 7*.+EE and *7L $(E 77.2EE East longitude !Higure 1#. It is located Sout-west of ,ddis ,beba at **G 2m on t-e wa4 to /ossaina main road. 8-e district -as a total of .11 million people !% M are women# and t-e in-abitants are identified as @ola4ta !it means mi7ed people# et-nic group. 8-e district capital) 0ununo) is located ** 2m awa4 from Sodo 8own$ 8-e altitude of t-e district varies from 1+ to 2 1 meters above sea level =m a.s.l.> wit- average annual temperature of 22.%L3 and t-e rainfall is 12% mmN4r. ,gro-ecologicall4) t-e district -as 7(M 4eyna dega !warm to cool semi--umid&' 1%M dega !cool to cold -umid& and 11 M 6olla !semi-arid#. ,griculture is t-e main economic activit4 alt-oug- t-ere are pett4 trades as subsidiar4 activit4. 2.2 0ethodology 8-is stud4 uses an et-no-ecological approac- as described in 5ist and Da-dou--0uebas !2 G; (7%# to e7amine t-e role of indigenous land management practices. 0eneral met-ods used for t-is stud4 are stated in @al2er and Sincair !1++$; *GG-*$ #) @arren and 5aAase2aran !1++*; $-1 #) ,Aibade !2 *; 1 -1 2# O II55 !1++G; 2 -* #. /owever) specific met-ods applied involves t-e use of ( 2e4 informants identified b4 elders) administrators and agriculture office staff in a sample of si7 Bebele ,ssociations =B,>. Informants consist of 1%M women and age class mi7 of 2%M 4oung !2 -* 4ears#) 2%M mid-aged !* -% 4ears# and % M old aged !% -+ 4ears#. Be4 informants were identified based on residence -istor4) owners-ip of diverse of land management practices) agricultural 2nowledge and social acceptance. Information from 2e4 informants enabled describing land management practices and tabulating terminologies used for t-ree maAor 6and 9se 84pes =698> !forest lands) croplands and grasslands# as categori?ed b4 !@orld &verview of 3onservation ,pproac-es and 8ec-nologies =@&3,8>) 2 $; $#. 8-e procedures of data collection using 2e4 informants are similar as described in Jos-i et al. !2 (; (#. 8-e selected B,s are :olola 3-awuSore) Sore Kas-edo) Doge Kas-ido) Sore @amura) Dage,n 3-oc-o) SoreBelena. , village dialogue approac- was used to e7tract indigenous 2nowledge from fol2tales as described in ,Aibade !2 *; 1 2#. Successive group interviews) discussions and validation sessions were -eld in all si7 B,s wit- an average attendance of twelve communit4 members involving elders) men) women and 4outat eac- site. 8-e roles of identified nine indigenous land management practices were rated b4 e7perts at t-ree scales !ver4 -ig-) medium and low# as indicated in 6iniger and 3ritc-le4 !2 7#. 5atings of soil-based ecological functions were based on a framewor2 described b4 De 0root et al. !2 2; *+(#. E7pert rating was followed b4 communit4 validation. &pen-ended Cuestions were used during group discussions to compare indigenous and conventional land suitabilit4 classifications !9nited States Department of ,griculture =9SD,> and H,& met-ods# based on classification structure) features of land categor4 units description and indicators.


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($ )esults and *iscussions *.1 (ndigenous land management in .amote Sore .istrict E7amining t-e terminolog4 in indigenous land management also reflects t-e wealt- of peopleEs perception and understanding !8able 1#. Indigenous terminolog4 reflects t-e t4pe of land use) t-e state of land degradation) as well as mis-managed land. In t-is paper) land used for mi7ed agricultural land use) suc- as indigenous agroforestr4) was considered as cropland use. Indigenous agro-forestr4 is called as IDgarso :itaJ) IEspe0os-aJ ) I@ala 0os-aJ or JDaren3-aJ. 8-e inventor4 of indigenous land management practices in Damote-Sore district !8able 2# reflects t-e diversit4 of land management practices in t-e area. 8-e indigenous terms used for a fertile and an infertile soil agrees witprevious description of "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 1%#. *.2 (ndigenous land suitability classification 6and evaluation is t-e assessment of land performance or potential for a particular purpose to assist land use management !SoAa44a) 2 %; %) H,&N9nited Nations for Environmental "rogram =9NE">) 1+++; (G#. "eople recogni?e different t4pes of natural resources as part of t-eir ecos4stem and indigenous classifications reflect indigenous perceptions on land potential use and variabilit4 !/erweg 2 2; G7+#. In @ola4ta) "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 1 -1$# documented indigenous soil classification and land use patterns at -omestead levels. In t-is stud4) indigenous and modern land use classifications were compared based on classification structures !class and sub class#) features of land-use class and t4pe of indicators. "eople use indigenous land suitabilit4 indicators for allocation of land for various purposes. Indicators for indigenous land use classification include; steepness of land !slope#) color !fertilit4#) relative location of land to residential are) and location. ,ccording to indigenous land sustainabilit4 classifications) croplands are allocated close to residential areas) on level land usuall4 wit- dar2 colored soils !-ig- fertilit4#. 0rasslands are allocated at distant from residential areas) on level land wit- less dar2 or brown color !less fertile# and on communal lands. 0rasslands are allocated close to residential areas in Iless productiveE !marginal# lands and usuall4 on t-e edges of croplands. Horest lands are allocated along t-e edge of roads) on steep slopes furt-er awa4 from residential areas and in areas witflood problems. 3omparing wit- t-e H,& framewor2 of land evaluation !land suitabilit4 classification# and 9SD, land capabilit4 classification) t-e indigenous met-od -as classes corresponding wit- t-e maAor order and sub-order or maAor class and sub-class. In t-e stud4 area) croplands are sub-classified in to t-ree fertilit4 categories as -ig-l4 fertile J,radaJ) medium fertile J0udwaJ and infertile I6edaJ. 0rasslands are sub-classified in to t-ree pasture Cualit4 categories as ver4 good pasture JBoru@aJ) medium Cualit4 pasture J,c-aJ and poor Cualit4 pasture I:odlaJ or :edlaJ. Horest lands are sub-classified into t-ree forest densit4 categories as dense forest J@oraJ) medium dense forest JDursaJ and less dense forest I"olwaJ. 9nli2e t-e scientific classification) indigenous classification s-ows c-ange in indicators depending on prevailing socio-economic conditions. Be4 factors in-ibiting t-e use of indigenous classification over t-e past decades are increase in population densit4 and land scarcit4. /alf a centur4 ago) w-en population densit4 was lower) grasslands were located far from residential areas. 8oda4) -owever) t-e communal grasslands are being converted to eit-er forest lands or croplands. 6ocal peoplesE insig-ts) perceptions) and management strategies can offer guidance for realistic land management) as indicated b4 SoAa44a !2 %; 1$#) -owever) current land use management does not consider t-e e7istence of indigenous land-use classification. *.* (ndigenous cro5land management in .amote Sore '.'.+ (ndigenous cro5 residue and manure management 3rop residues are deliberatel4 left b4 farmers on cropland to increase soil fertilit4. Harmers sa4 t-e residues decompose as termites use t-em) and t-is 2eeps t-e soil moist and covers it from direct sunlig-t) raindrops and wind. 3rop residue is used in t-e area b4 different parts of t-e communit4 !from ric- to poor farmer#. ,s cited b4 "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 17#) Elias !1++7# found t-at % M of t-e farmers use crop residues in @ola4ta. 3rop residues from enset) root crops !potato) sweet potato# are often left at bac24ards) w-ile crop residues from cereals !mai?e) w-eat) teff#) pulses !-aricot bean# and leftovers from cas- crops are left to improve soil -ealt- at distant fields. 8raditionall4) people do not allow livestoc2 to gra?e on cropland after -arvest) to avoid soil compaction and ensure crop residue incorporation into t-e soil. In a previous stud4 in t-e area) t-e gra?ing practice was described as in-situ gra?ing !"ound and Jonfa) 2 %; 1+#. 8oda4) due to livestoc2 pressure) scarcit4 of land and forage) livestoc2 are allowed to gra?e on cropland after -arvest to feed on left over crop residues. 8-e use of mulc- IBaKiPogaJ or I:ita Ka1iPo0aJ involves t-e use of leftovers from crop residues !leftover from animal feeds and crop residue#. ,s cited b4 "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 17#) Elias !1++7# found t-at *G M of t-e farmers in @ola4ta use mulc-. 8-e cover from mulc- ensures moisture conservation and its decomposition contributes to soil fertilit4. Harmers clearl4 indicate t-e role of mulc- in terms of turning soil color to dar2er


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color) increasing soil moisture and contributing to crop droug-t tolerance. 8-e degree of mulc- use is -ig-er in fields close to -omestead and t-ose furt-ermost. Kulc-ing is still a widel4 used practice in Damote-Sore) alt-oug- in recent 4ears t-e demand for fuel) -ouse construction and animal feed -as affected its use. In a previous stud4 in @ola4ta) "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 17# documented t-e use of earl4 maturing crops !crop selection# b4 farmers in response to droug-t and decline in soil fertilit4 in t-e area. 8-e use of animal dung) as- and -ouse-old tras- on croplands is a common practice to improve soil fertilit4. In a previous stud4) composting was described as modern practice !"ound and Jonfa) 2 %; 1+#. In t-e stud4 area) manuring is well practiced wit- -ig- concentration of manure at t-e bac24ards and t-at agrees wit- previous description of manuring practice around t-e -omesteads !/erweg) 2 2; G$ #. ,s cited b4 "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 17#) Elias !1++7# found t-at $7 M of t-e farmers in @ola4ta use manure. ,ddtion of soil organic ammedment ! manure# leads to carbon seCuestration of .1 to .G tons of 3N-aN4r !3-an) et al) 2 1 D12#. &n croplands) t-e role of inputs to soil !manure) mulc- and crop residue# is reflected as an increase in productive soil ecological function leading to suppl4 of nutrients and availabilit4 of air and water associated wit- an increase in soil organic matter !carbon#. H,& !2 1D 2(-2%# describe role of t-e above practice in improving soil and seCuestering carbon. Estimate of carbon seCuestration potential of various crop lands under different management varies from .1 to .$ tons of 3N-aN4r !6iniger et al.) 2 11; 1(2# and from . 2 to .7G 3N-aN4r !6al) 2 (; 1(#$ 3-an et al. !2 +; G# reviewed croplands carbon seCuestration rates from .1 to .G tons of 3N-aN4r wit- organic amendment !animal manure# . 8-e soil ecological supportive and productive functions improved t-roug- nutrient c4cling and increased crop 4ield) respectivel4. 8-e soil ecological regulative functions are in reducing flooding and water stress. 8-e overall role of t-ese indigenous practices is reflected in reduced effect of droug-t) increased soil moisture and improved soil nutrients. '.'.# (ndigenous ,ro55ing 3ractices Enset !Ensete 2entricosum# seedling propagation is an indigenous practice. Enset is endemic to Et-iopia and occurs t-roug-out t-e countr4 bot- as wild and cultivated crop at altitudes ranging between 1) and to *) meters !"053) 1++%D 1G#. It is an important staple food for @ola4ta people and preferred b4 most for being droug-t tolerant and a source of food and feed !He2adu) 2 +#. 8-e indigenous practice of seedling propagation !budding# from t-e mot-er plant involves cutting into pieces and bur4ing t-e cuttings !covered wit- dung#. , buried cut !often done in Januar4# at a place can produce 2 -( seedlings in 2 mont-s. Kultiple or inter-cropping is an indigenous practice on croplands. Harmers in Damote-Sore traditionall4 allocate a piece of land for multiple cropping in a season. Kultiple cropping occurs wit- no or minimum competition for lig-t) water and nutrient. Kultiple cropping enables farmers to get a -arvest at different times of a 4ear and to minimi?e ecological ris2 from insect pest) disease or droug-t. Intercropping) locall4 described as IDu:er Be@oJ is anot-er age-old practice. "ound and Jonfa !2 %; 22# -ave described it as rotation wit- legume. It -as importance in terms of soil fertilit4 improvement) increasing 4ield and ensuring income in time of disaster. 8-e practice is widel4 used and practiced b4 growing of mai?e wit- potato or cabbage) beans !-aricot bean or pea# wit- cereals !mai?e#. Harmers also underta2e crop rotation) because t-e4 see a difference between crops in terms of improving soil fertilit4. Hor e7ample) t-e role of -aricot beans in improving soil fertilit4 is well understood b4 $ M farmers in t-e area. , plot covered b4 mai?e in one seasons is to be covered b4 potato at anot-er season. In crop rotation) potato can be followed b4 teff or /aricot bean. Suc- cropping practice -as been indicated b4 /erweg !2 2; G$ # as local 2nowledge based on soil-plant-fauna relations-ips involving selection of crops for sustainable soil use. Improved crop rotation on crop land leads to carbon seCuestration of .1 to .* tons of 3N-aN4r !3-an) et al) 2 1 D12#. 8-e role of indigenous cropping practices increases t-e productive ecological functions) as it leads to better suppl4 of food and fiber. 8-e ecological supportive functions are in improving nutrient c4cling from various combinations of plants in time and space. 8-e ecological regulative functions are in reducing t-e effects of droug-t) seCuestering carbon and reducing water stress. 8-e practices contribute to overall ecos4stem management and climate c-ange adaptations. '.'.' (ndigenous agroforestry and culti2ation methods Indigenous agro-forestr4 practices at -omesteads are described as I@ola4 0os-aJ !see 8able 1#. 6and -olding for agro forestr4 at -omesteads usuall4 varies from .%- .2% -a wit- various crops !cereals) pulses) spices and fruits# and different combinations of trees species. Harmers describe t-e importance of indigenous trees as a source of food) moisture) animal feed and s-ade. It is widel4 practiced in t-e stud4 areaD -owever) wealt- status of t-e farmer seems to -ave an effect on agro-forestr4 practices in terms of t-e land -olding) densit4 and diversit4 of trees and crops. Indigenous agro-forestr4 -as a role in increasing productive ecological functions as it diversifies food suppl4 t-roug-out t-e 4ear. It reduces t-e effects of droug-t and famine) and it pla4s a significant role in climate c-ange mitigation and adaptation. 8-e supportive functions of t-e practice include improving nutrient and water c4cling


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from a combination of crops and trees of different la4ers. 8-e regulative functions are in reducing flood problems) regulating microclimate) seCuestering carbon !above and below t-e ground#) and in reducing evaporation !water stress. Hor wide ranges of indigenous agroforestr4 practices t-e estimate of carbon seCuestration potential varies from .* to G.% tonnes 3N-aN4r !6iniger) et al.) 2 11; 12G#) w-ile estimates b4 6al !2 (; 1*# are lower wit- values ranging from .$ to 1. tonnes 3N-aN4r. 8-e role of indigenous agro-forestr4 e7tends to contributing to strong cultural values t-roug- growing of culturall4 preferred crops) increasing -omesteads aest-etic value t-oug- improvement of landscape beaut4. 8-ere are also ot-er indigenous cultivation met-ods w-ere farmers plow along t-e contour) construct ditc-es to divert e7cess water) and -arvest water. 8-ere are two indigenous tillage eCuipment used b4 @ola4ta people. 8-e first is a smaller -oe called I8i2iPaJ !Higure 2Npicture a#. It is smaller in si?e wit- two s-arp pointers used for weeding of s-allow rooted plants and to wor2 on lig-t soil. 8-e second is a bigger -oe called I,46iPaJ or I@ola4ta /oeJ !Higure 2N picture b#. It is used to till virgin land) wor2 on deep-rooted plants and -eav4 soil. 8-e -oes are used to till -ill4 areas w-ere o7en cannot be used. ,s described b4 Bolawole !2 1; (# indigenous tec-nical 2nowledge =I8B> -as in-erent features of construction material as described b4 local people. In t-e past) t-e tillage eCuipment used to be made from wood and rope but in recent 4ears) it is made from wood and metal. *.( (ndigenous grass and forest land management Indigenous practices on grasslands in t-e stud4 area include enclosure) grassland burning) rotational-gra?ing and grass land enric-ment. 5egeneration of degraded grassland is often done t-roug- enclosure at -ouse-old level. Horage is more valued b4 farmers t-an t-e grassland. Harmers describe t-e improvement of grass growt-) reduction of soil erosion and improvement in soil fertilit4 wit- grassland enclosure. 8-is is widel4 practiced in private grasslands and at -omesteads. Indigenous practice of cut and carr4 s4stem IBorawoJ is used witenclosures. 8-e indigenous practices contribute to t-e carbon reserve on grassland as reviewed in H,& !2 1; 7#. Estimates of t-e carbon seCuestration potential of enclosure areas wit- various vegetation var4 from .1 to *. tons of 3N-aN4r !6iniger et al.)2 11;1(2# and for grass lands from . 2 to 1.* tons of 3N-aN4r !6al) 2 (;1(# and wit- improved management from .1 to .% tons of 3N-aN4r. !6al) 2 (;1(#. 3-an et al. !2 +; G# reviewed pasture landsE carbon seCuestration rate to be from .1 to .7 tons of 3N-aN4r according to various management practices. ,not-er indigenous practice is grassland burning) locall4 called as J8ara0a 8aKa PoDeSoNaJ or IKa8a :i 8a 8u0i Po 0aJ. 8-e burning is underta2en in t-e dr4 season. @all and Banaw-a !2 1; *G# -ave described importance of indigenous burningD t-e communit4 also points at t-e benefits of burning in promoting fast growt-) and improving grassland ecolog4. "otential carbon seCuestration of grass lands wit- fire management varies from .%-1.( 3N-aN4r !6al) 2 (;1(#) but t-e overall potential of various grasslands under different management varies from .1 to .* tons of 3N-aN4r !6iniger et al.) 2 11; 1%G) 6al) 2 (;1*# 5otational gra?ing !controlled gra?ing# is also practiced instead of free gra?ing to overcome t-e problem of overgra?ing and increase pastureland productivit4. Kost farmers !7 M# do not associate t-e benefit of t-is practice wit- land. Scarcit4 of pastureland -as restricted t-e use of t-is practice. In a few localities including -omesteads) ?ero gra?ing and cut and carr4 s4stems are used toda4. 3ommunal grasslands are enric-ed t-roug- grass multiplication. 8-e most common met-od of grass multiplication is to let t-e grass grow to clima7) so t-at t-e seeds are dispersed on t-e land. 0rass is mowed after ensuring seed scattering. S-rubs are cleared and uprooted from grasslands) for eas4 movement of animals. 8-ere is also a deliberate removal of unpalatable species and damaged grass on grassland. 8-e communit4 -as indigenous b4-laws to reduce mismanagementD -owever) due to a lac2 of law enforcement) t-e grasslands are mismanaged and overgra?ed. 8-e potential of forest ecos4stems and t-eir role in carbon seCuestration is well documented !H,&) 2 1; G#. 8raditionall4) people ta2e care of trees on t-eir land and at farm boundaries. 8-ere are communal b4 laws for forest land. "eople value and ta2e care of forest products rat-er t-an t-e of forest soils. &n forest lands) t-ere are two met-ods of forest -arvesting met-ods Icomplete clearanceJ and Iselective clearanceJ. 8-e -arvesting practices ma2e use of indigenous indicators for cutting matured trees. /arvesting time is determined as most trees reac- t-eir clima7) w-ic- is determined using indigenous indicators; tree -eig-t) leave and stem color) stem widt- and branc-ing. Hull4 grown trees in clima7 vegetation usuall4 c-ange color of leaves and stem as 2e4 local indicators. 8-ere is an indigenous met-od of burning tree stems cuttings !stump# also called as J8e5e0aJ. Stumps are burnt slig-tl4 in a controlled wa4 so t-at tree stems can grow fast. 8-is met-od is often used toda4 wit- e7otic trees li2e eucaly5tus. :urning stumps) on t-e one -and) promotes t-e emergence of buds) and it fastens tree growt-. &n t-e ot-er -and) it clears weed from t-e woodlot and contributes as- to t-e soil. :urning s-ortens t-e coppicing c4cle. :urning of stumps can lead to accelerated rainfall erosion) if underta2en in -ill4 area. 8-is met-od is associated wit- coppicing as a traditional met-od of woodland management. 8-ere are indigenous met-ods of growing tree seedlings !from seeds) buds and from seedling#. H,& !2 %; +#


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describes common 2nowledge as -eld b4 all people) s-ared 2nowledge b4 man4 and speciali?ed 2nowledge b4 few people. Some of t-e tec-niCues of growing seedlings are based on speciali?ed 2nowledge and are 2nown b4 few people in t-e area. 3ollecting 4oung seedlings in undergrowt- and transplanting is one met-od. ,not-er met-od is collecting tree seeds and buds and bur4 !b4 covering wit- dung#. ,ppro7imatel4 a tree bud buried at a place can produce 2 -( seedlings in 2 mont-s. 8-is is often done at t-e beginning of t-e rain4 season. '.7 *ole of indigenous land management 5ractices 8-ere are indigenous land management practices) w-ic- lead to an improvement of soil-based ecological functions and to seCuestration of carbon. 8-ere is diversit4 among t-e nine indigenous land management practices and spatial variabilit4 of eac- practice among farmers in t-e area !8able 2#. 8-us) t-e role of eacpractice to seCuester carbon !Cuantit4 and t4pe of carbon#) contribute to climate c-ange adaptation and sustain soil-based ecos4stem services varies. In spite of t-e variation in t-e role of t-e practices) e7pertsE ratings were followed b4 communit4 validation. E7pert rating involved ran2ing t-e role of eac- practice based on t-ree impact scales rated as ver4 -ig-) medium and low !8able *#. Indigenous tec-nologies are developed b4 t-e local communit4 to solve a particular problem !,Aibade 2 *; 1 #. 8-e indigenous practices address one or more problems envisaged in t-e communit4. &n t-e basis of inventor4 of nine maAor practices) t-is stud4 s-ows t-at indigenous agro forestr4 is t-e best to address multiple problems envisaged b4 t-e communit4. It -as t-e -ig-est potential in seCuestering carbon !bot- above and below ground# per unit of land) to improve soil ecological functions) and to contribute to climate c-ange mitigation and adaptation. '." (ndigenous 6no4ledge system transfer Indeed) man4 indigenous conservation practices are lin2ed wit- ancient peopleEs perspectives and practices and t-eir relations-ip wit- t-e ecos4stem !Kat-iui and Bariu2i) 2 7; %*G#. IB is embedded in communit4 practices) institutions) relations-ips and rituals !H,& 2 %; 7#) w-ic- reflect peopleEs relation wit- t-e ecos4stem. @ola4ta people -ave lived in close to t-eir natural resources. 8-e @ola4ta values and perspectives are also reflected in indigenous proverbs !8able (#) w-ic- depicts t-at people are part of t-e ecos4stem) and t-ese restrict peoplesE rig-t to over-e7ploit natural resources. 8-e @ola4ta perspective of a Qnature--umanJ relations-ip is also reflected on nature regeneration capacit4 and manEs responsibilit4 to maintain -armon4 wit- nature. "eople in t-e stud4 area believe t-at nature can restore itself and 0od locall4 called as J8osoJ enables natural resources regeneration. 8-e @ola4ta ecos4stem value contributes to co-e7istence and sustainabilit4 of ecos4stem. Elders describe degradation of ecos4stems !soil) vegetation) water# as a wrong practice and @ola4ta cultural ceremonies are muc- li2ed wit- maintaining a well-managed ecos4stem. 8-e sociali?ation of people in meeting places called I0utaraJ reflects t-e lin2 between well-managed ecos4stems and culture. I0utaraJ -as dense green tree s-ades wit- good pasture as undergrowt-) w-ic- is also used during Ifuneral ceremon4J and -orse galloping. IB is transferred from one generation to anot-er t-roug- indigenous communication c-annels !Di7on) 2 2; G#. IB tends to be communicated t-roug- dail4 routine activities) stor4telling) village meetings) drama and in man4 ot-er wa4s. IB information can also be e7tracted from traditional fol2tales as described in ,Aibade !2 *; 1 2# from one generation to anot-er in t-e form of stories) tales or proverbs. ,frican indigenous traditions contain s4mbolic and et-ical messages and are passed on to ensure respect and compassion for parts of ecos4stem !Belbessa) 2 %; 17#) as stated in selected proverbs I/a4iseJ in @ola4ta !8able (#. In Sout- @estern Et-iopia) Di7on !2 2; (2# found ancestral 2nowledge as important source of information. In Damote-Sore District) indigenous practices are valued as ancestral 2nowledge and are also used b4 t-e present generation. 8-ere are IB practices w-ic- -ave strong similarit4 wit- some selected introduced practices. E7amining t-e relations-ip between IB and introduced practices s-ows t-at IB -as contributed to t-e introduction and later adoption of introduced practices li2e enclosure) cut and carr4) intercropping) and afforestation. 8-e contribution lies on t-e association between introduced practices wit- prior 2nowledge of farmersE practices. 8oda4) farmers ma2e use of indigenous 2nowledge s4stems along wit- introduced land management practices. 8-is also s-ows t-e role of IB in current natural resource management) 4et t-e effort to integrate wit- current development is not in place. Indigenous land management 2nowledge is overloo2ed) as t-ere is neit-er effort to s-ow its wea2ness nor its strengt- b4 relating it wit- modern land management practices. 8-e use of indigenous 2nowledge is) -owever) restricted b4 socio-economic factors !land scarcit4) -igpopulation pressure resulting in e7pansion of crop land#. 8-is restriction s-ows t-e less contribution of IB in present da4 ecos4stem management) compared wit- t-e e7pected role. Some of t-e abandoned indigenous land management practices in t-e area in recent da4s include; grassland burning) fallowing and reduction in amount of crop residue left on croplands. +$ Conclusions and )ecommendations Indigenous 2nowledge s4stems -ave contributed to t-e maintenance of t-e present da4) diverse and ric- biodiversit4 among t-e @ola4ta et-nic groups under different agro-ecos4stems against t-e -istorical social and natural problems in t-e area. 8-is -as been reflected in @ola4ta values and perspectives for t-e ecos4stem and in


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t-e indigenous proverbs. Et-no-ecolog4 researc- in Et-iopia -as s-own t-e importance of IB since t-e 1+$ sD -owever) efforts to integrate t-em wit- development -ave lagged be-ind. "ast researc- s-ows t-e role of IB in reducing erosion) increasing soil fertilit4 and crop 4ield to t-e e7tent of contributing to peopleEs liveli-oods. "ast studiesD -owever) do not s-ow spatial variation of practices and t-e role of IB in sustaining ecos4stem services and contributing to carbon seCuestration. It is recommended t-at studies be conducted on t-e spatial variation of indigenous practices) t-eir transfer) promotion and integration of IB s4stems for better economic use at a larger scale. :ased on similarit4 and association between some introduced and indigenous practices) t-is stud4 reflects t-e role of IB in ecos4stem management and its contribution to adoption of introduced tec-nologies. 8-e wealt- of indigenous practices in land management in Damote-Sore is reflected in t-e diversit4 of practices) terminolog4 used and indigenous land-use classification s4stem applied. 8-e reduced role of IB s4stem in en-ancing soil based ecos4stem services is associated wit- t-e prevailing socio-economic factors) w-ic- -inder t-e use of t-is 2nowledge. 3roplands -ave more diverse and widel4 used indigenous practices t-an forest lands and grasslands. 8-e inventor4 and rating of nine maAor land management practices s-ows t-at indigenous agro-forestr4 -as t-e best rating) as it provides multiple benefits in sustaining ecos4stem services w-ile seCuestering carbon in above and below ground and contributing to climate c-ange mitigation and adaptation. 8-e stud4 recommends t-at furt-er Cuantitative validation of indigenous practices in terms of carbon seCuestration and ecos4stem valuation be done in t-e stud4 area. )eferences ,bera)P. and :elac-ew) 8. !2 11# 6ocal "erceptions of Soil Hertilit4 Kanagement in Sout- Eastern Et-iopia. 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8able -1- Indigenous terminolog4 in land management in Damote-Sore !@ola4ta# 6,ND 6and use t4pe Kismanaged 9SE Horest IKita :ita!0ade#J) I@oraJ) I@ora I6eda :itaJ Infertile land land :itaJ refers to land allocated for IKita Ben8ic-eSJ or I@oraBtaJ Y trees forest clearanceNdeforestaion IKa lele Ban8 PogaJ Y forest clearance 0rass IKata 0adi4Q or IBorawo :itaJ Infertile land land IKata :ita !0ade# or IDenbaJY I:odla :itaJ or IBo8eda Kata :itaJ refers to land w-ere grass grow and overgra?ed land or mismanaged pasture animals gra?e I:ulaPisJ Y overgra?ing I@udro /amiPogaJ Y using grass land be4ond its carr4ing capacit4 3rop I0os-a :ita !0ade# or IBata I6eda :itaJ Y Infertile land) land 0adi4J) Y refers to land allocated for 9nproductive land annual crops I6adSiSJ or I,tiSisJ Y infertile soil IBa8a @oseJ or I6o4it ,42ibenaJ Y poorl4 managed crops I/arum 8ibenagaJYpoorl4 weeded crop land Z&st:ena BataJ or Z6o -i ,-e 8i:enaJ Y mismanaged croplandN infertile Source" group discussion and 2e4 informants

@ell-managed I,rada-:itaJ fertile land Y

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8able -2- Indigenous land management practices in Damote-Sore No @ola4ta !local# name ,m-aric nameN3onnotation 1 I&s-a 0ade Bisde Po0ePo0aJ :is:as- Kec-emer 2 Du:er Be@o ,bro Ke?erat * IBaKiPogaJ or I:ita Keret Ka1iPo0aJ Kes-efeneNKalbese ( IDgarso :itaJ) IEspe0os-aJ ) 8imir Ers-a I@ala 0os-aJor J Daren3-aJ % J8e5e0aJ. 0uto Ka2atel G ISufe !:urc-e# :itata Kata Enc-et Be Sar Boreta 0arsaHe BetiPo0aJ 7 IDirSaJ Ka8erNKeBelel $ I BorawoJ ,c-ido Kemegeb + J8ara0a 8aKa PoDeSoNaJ or KaBa8el IKa8a :i 8a 8u0i Po 0aJ. Source; communit4 discussion and 2e4 informants

Englis- name Kanuring Intercropping Kulc-ing ,groforestr4 :urning of tree stem cuttings Enric-ment !removal of unpalatable species# Enclosure 3ut and 3arr4 :urning

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Table 1+ 2 Selected proverbs on role of indigenous land management in *amote1Sore *istrict$ -olaytigna I,4eHud 0edenaJ 0edis ,2id )marigna IKasan masfat Sa4/one :ic-a) Kasan menBeba2eb Kertin PasadigalJ English translation and connotation It is not land e7pansion alone t-at increases 4ield) but also ta2ing care of t-e land.!Impl4ing t-e role of using intensive management) e.g. mulc-) manure) etc. to increase productivit4 of land# ^:itaw 8aleDaPe) 0aKa Ke8et EreNaI I6e Keret Pa:eDere @-oever loans or provides to a land) never gets ban2rupt. !Impl4ing t-e role of leaving crop residue) adding materials to t-e soil in return of t-e final benefit in terms of 4ieldN-arvest.# IKi1aPaPi ,eBe,0ed) EsESan :i8aKo ^Be:e8e ,fe5i :e,nde Pigital) :ota If 4ou let cattle gra?e at a spot) t-e4 gra?e bare land) so 4ou let t-em gra?e in a controlled wa4. !Impl4ing t-e danger of overgra?ing and

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