Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South
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Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South

Edited by Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan

This comprehensive Research Handbook offers an innovative analysis of environmental law in the global South and contributes to an important reassessment of some of its major underlying concepts. The Research Handbook discusses areas rarely prioritized in environmental law, such as land rights, and underlines how these intersect with issues including poverty, livelihoods and the use of natural resources, challenging familiar narratives around development and sustainability in this context and providing new insights into environmental justice.
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Chapter 8: Land rights, poverty, and livelihoods: the case of Ethiopia

Brightman Gebremichael


This chapter focuses upon the land rights of rural dwellers of Ethiopia who consists of the 83 per cent of the total population and depend upon land for survival and acquire land through egalitarian community-based land tenure regimes. It examines the link between the land rights regime and poverty, particularly in the context of lack of adequate legal protection and dominance of the market. It argues that the community-based tenure is a primary factor in the survival of the rural poor and the lack of adequate legal protection of community rights plays a significant role in sustaining rural poverty.

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