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Zerihun Doffana

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 49: The Role of Sacred Natural Sites in Conflict Resolution: Lessons from the Wonsho Sacred Forests of Sidama, Ethiopia

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The Role of Sacred Natural Sites in Conflict Resolution: Lessons from the Wonsho Sacred Forests of Sidama, Ethiopia
The Role of Sacred Natural Sites in Conflict Resolution: Lessons from the Wonsho Sacred Forests of Sidama, Ethiopia
Zerihun Doffana
Background and Introduction

The literature on sacred natural sites has often regarded such landscapes and associated institutions as hotspots of conflict. The way in which different parties have utilized sacred sites as the loci for claiming allegiance and rights of access, thereby engendering conflict, has often surfaced in the literature (Barkan & Barkey, 2014;). While in recent years, studies documenting the relevance and role of indigenous institutions and conflict resolution mechanisms have appeared in the literature, the role that sacred natural sites play in conflict resolution has drawn little ...

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