Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2019, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (5): 525-529.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764X.2019.05.008

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An Evaluation of the Effect of Termites on Rangeland Degradation: The Case of Yabello, Southern Ethiopia

Yeneayehu FENETAHUN1,2, XU Xinwen2, WANG Yongdong2,*()   

  1. 1.University of China Academy of Science (UCAS), Beijing 100049, China
    2.State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institution of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Science, Urumqi 830011, China
  • Received:2018-10-26 Accepted:2019-01-30 Online:2019-09-30 Published:2019-10-11
  • Contact: WANG Yongdong
  • Supported by:
    Science and Technology Partnership Program, Ministry of Science and Technology of China(KY201702010);China-Africa Joint Research Center Project of the Chinese Academy of Science(SAJC201610)


The infestation rate of termites in the Yabello rangeland, caused by both climatic and human factors, is of interest at certain times. This study was conducted in order to evaluate the impact of termites and determine appropriate management measures in the study area. Data was collected from three kebeles of the Yabello district (Dida Tuyura, Danbal-Waccu and Arero), the selection of which was dependent on the extent to which the termites had spread. A field survey method and semi-structured questionnaires were used for 40 community representatives from each of the selected kebeles. A total of 120 community representatives were interviewed and the interviews were supported by direct observations and informal discussions to understand the impact of termites on rangeland degradation, and to explain the trends. Historical background data of termite infestation rates in the study area was collected and evaluated .In addition to the direct impact caused by termites on forage products, buildings and crops, the linkages of termites with the environment and management mechanisms were identified. Yabello rangeland has often been under termite infestation stress and problems are increasing at an alarming rate. So in order to minimize the impact of termites on rangeland degradation identification of exact termite species and take appropriate management together with the community knowledge and scientific management system was recommended.

Key words: termites, damage, rangeland, local knowledge