Pastoral Pathways: Climate Change Adaptation Lessons from Ethiopia

Siri Eriksen and Andrei Marin
Created: 9/29/2011 -


The report attempts to create an in-depth understanding of the stressors that influence people's livelihoods in order to address on-going and future challenges, recognizing that pastoralists have considerable knowledge and experience in dealing with climatic variability, expected to increase with climate change. However, the environmental and societal stresses experienced today are driven in part by global processes, and the traditional ways of coping with climatic variability will be insufficient in addressing climatic changes.

In this report, the vulnerability context, multiple stressors and local adaptation strategies of pastoralists in Afar and Somali regions are investigated in order to identify the social, environmental and development processes that shape adaptation options in both areas. The report takes as a starting point the recognition that pastoral communities are custodians of the local environment, and calls for a shift in development and political structures if socially and environmentally sustainable pathways are to be found.

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Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Growing season
Public safety threats
Water supply
Sociopolitical Setting