Examining the Characteristics of Stakeholders in Lake Tana Sub-basin Resource Use, Management and Governance

  • Dessalegn M. KetemaEmail author
  • Nicholas Chisholm
  • Patrick Enright
Part of the AESS Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sciences Series book series (AESS)


The concept of broader participation of stakeholders and more inclusive decision making has been increasingly recognized in many countries both at national and international level. Effective stakeholder engagement in a complex resource system is fundamental to ensure the successful implementation of policies at the ground level. Particularly when the multi-purpose values of the whole Lake Tana ecosystem are considered, there are multiple stakeholders with diverse interests in and power over natural resource use, management and governance. Therefore, a clear understanding of the potential roles and contributions of the many different stakeholders of the Lake Tana social-ecological system is a fundamental prerequisite for successful participatory natural resource management and governance. Stakeholder analysis is a basic tool for achieving this understanding. The overall objective of this chapter is therefore, to provide a preliminary description of stakeholders’ interest in and influence over natural resource use, management, governance and policy process in the Lake Tana sub-basin. It depicts the stakeholders’ landscape based on focus group discussions, key informant interviews and stakeholder identification and analysis workshop which was carried out by a multidisciplinary team of experts from different stakeholder groups (governmental, research, academic and NGOs). The results can help inform and assist policy makers in the development of sustainable natural resource management policy, taking into account the interest and influence of a wide range of stakeholders. The chapter begins with a brief introduction of the Lake Tana context. It then presents the concept of stakeholder and stakeholder engagement followed by the rationale for stakeholder identification and analysis.


Stakeholder Engagement Participation Common pool resource Lake Tana Ethiopia 



The authors would like to acknowledge Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia, Rural Capacity Building Project (RCBP) and Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trada, Republic of Ireland for financing the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dessalegn M. Ketema
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicholas Chisholm
    • 2
  • Patrick Enright
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture and Environmental SciencesBahir Dar UniversityBahir DarEthiopia
  2. 2.Department of Food Business and DevelopmentUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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