Assessment of the Invasive Alien Plant Species Mimosa diplotricha in Shebe-Sombo, Kersa and Seka-Chekorsa Districts, Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia
International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2016, Pages: 20-24
Received: Feb. 11, 2016;
Accepted: Feb. 23, 2016;
Published: Jun. 23, 2016
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Amare Seifu, Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Anteneh Tamirat, Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Edeget Merawi, Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Taye Birahanu, Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Abiyselassie Mulatu, Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Yibrehu Emshaw, Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Invasive Alien Species (IAS) has been causing serious threats to biodiversity which need to be addressed and studied seriously. Mimosa diplotricha is an invasive plant in some parts of Africa and has recently come to Ethiopia, particularly, in Oromia Regional State, Jimma Zone. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the impacts, trends, mode of entry, status, distribution and management practices of Mimosa diplotricha in Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia. Accordingly, an assessment was carried out in Jimma zone, Shebe-sombo, Kersa and Seka-chekorsa districts, in 72 randomly selected households in six different Kebeles (the smallest administrative unit in Ethiopia). Based on the interview and field observation, the level of Mimosa diplotricha invasion was very high and the plant was the most dominant IAS on road side in the study areas. Mimosa diplotricha was introduced to the study sites during road construction together with sand, stones and other construction materials. Almost all of the respondents (98.6%) reported that Mimosa diplotricha had no any benefit in the study areas. Most of the informants (94.5%) replied that the negative impacts of Mimosa diplotricha in the future will be very high. The result of the study showed that there was no effective action taken to control Mimosa diplotricha in the study areas. Moreover, majority of the respondents believed that collaboration among governmental, non- governmental organization and communities and effective management measures are in need in order to control the spread of Mimosa diplotricha.
Mimosa diplotricha, Invasive Alien Species, Biodiversity and Respondents
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Assessment of the Invasive Alien Plant Species Mimosa diplotricha in Shebe-Sombo, Kersa and Seka-Chekorsa Districts, Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.
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