3. Governance for Effective and Efficient Conservation in Ethiopia

  1. Peter H. Raven6,
  2. Navjot S. Sodhi7 and
  3. Luke Gibson7
  1. Fikirte Gebresenbet1,
  2. Wondmagegne Daniel2,
  3. Amleset Haile3 and
  4. Hans Bauer5

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch3

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

How to Cite

Gebresenbet, F., Daniel, W., Haile, A. and Bauer, H. (2013) Governance for Effective and Efficient Conservation in Ethiopia, in Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics (eds P. H. Raven, N. S. Sodhi and L. Gibson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 6

    Missouri Botanical Garden

  2. 7

    National University of Singapore

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

  3. 3

    Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands

  4. 5

    WildCRU, University of Oxford, Tubney, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658635

Online ISBN: 9781118679838



  • Babile Elephant Sanctuary;
  • Ethiopia;
  • governance systems;
  • Kafta Sheraro National Park;
  • Nech Sar National Park;
  • wildlife conservation


Governance plays a crucial role in the wildlife conservation sector. Conservation success depends to a large degree on governance efficiency and effectiveness. Ethiopia was one of the first countries to start conservation acts, centuries back. Currently, the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) is the leading federal authority on conservation issues in Ethiopia. This chapter describes some examples of how different governance systems encourage and/or thwart wildlife conservation in Ethiopia. This is followed by a synthesis of findings and presentation of recommendations for further conservation efforts in Ethiopia. The overall recommendation for conservation in Ethiopia is to enhance governance in terms of using effective conservation systems and implementing a way of accountability for different governing authorities at different levels.