Rehabilitating Benefits and its Sustainability of a Degraded Semi-arid Ransgeland in Yabello Southern Ethiopia
Rehabilitating the degraded rangeland in Ethiopia is very crucial issue for improving the livelihood of pastoralist life style and the environmental sustainability of the country. In Yabello rangeland area, the local communities used enclosure method in order to rehabilitate the degraded rangeland area and try to address their livelihood problems. In general, the current study tried to assess the benefits obtained from the rehabilitated rangeland area from the three-study site chosen through purposively techniques based on the information gathered from different aspect. Semi- structured interview, Focal group discussion has held with key informants and different stakeholders at each kebele levels have conducted to gather information from the 150 respondents (50 from each kebele) and analyzed both in qualitative and quantitative approaches. The result showed that the rehabilitated rangeland area mainly used to get both numerical and non-numerical benefits like livestock fattening, grazing purpose, woodcutting and charcoal production and among this livestock, fatting is the major source of income across the whole study site and Dida Tuyura (A1) is the most productive site among the rest. From this, we recommend that there is a need to enhance market linkages for restored rangeland products that would then drive the adoption of rangeland restoration initiatives and those helps for sustainable utilization of the rehabilitated.