Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems

Help Conserve a Church Forest

CONSERVE A CHURCH FOREST!

This unique opportunity not only reduces your carbon footprint, but also saves biodiversity, fresh water, natural medicines, pollinators, and insures the future spiritual heritage of an African nation. Ethiopia is not only the home of the origin of humankind but also the world’s origin of Coffee!

Our CHURCH FOREST project offers local dollars for local people to build stone walls around their forests – this is a WIN/WIN/WIN/WIN. The agricultural yield is increased by removing stones from the fields; the church and people have protected their beloved forests from stray cattle and plowing that otherwise nicks the edge-trees; local people receive wages for wall-building; and the ecosystem services (i.e. fresh water, pollinators, soil, biodiversity, medicines, and shade) are preserved.

Fourteen people have the chance to donate and “own” a church forest – these are the most important forests on our global list, due to their location and biodiversity.

Every church fence will have three gates made of Iron sheet with concrete poles and metal doors.

We estimate the cost of stone wall fence to pay local stone masons will be $ 6.7 USD per cubic meter. However, for the first two successful forest projects, also got some labor contribution from the people in the village under the inspiration of the local clergy who scheduled some church volunteer days.

Ethiopia Church Forests Conservation Cost Table
Ser No Name of the site Area
Ha
Perimeter
Km
No. woody Species
estimated
Total Cost of Fencing (stone  wall) USD Name of District/Woreda GPS Location
1 Zhara 8 1.6 46 Already fenced Dera N110 48′ & E370 34′
2 Debresena 11.5 1.9 40 Under fencing Farta N110 51′ &  E370 59′
3 Dengolt 25 2.6 50 17,400 Estie N110 36′ & E380 04′
4 Mosha 13 2.8 53 18,700 Estie N110 26′ & E370 56′
5 Woji 22.5 2.3 46 15,400 Fogera N110 55′ & E370 48′
6 Mantogera 5 0.89 59 6,000 Libo N120 09′ & E370 47′
7 Amstya 22.8 2 57 13,500 Ibinat N120 01′ & E380 04′
8 Wuahir 8.4 1.4 62 9,400 Farta N110 51′ & E380 05′
9 Gibstawit 8.7 1.7 52 11,400 Ibinat N120 07′ & E380 05′
10 Qorata 48 2.8 69 18,700 Dera N110 45′ & E370 26′
11 Dedim 36.6 3 26 20,000 Farta N110 47′ & E380 12′
12 Wonkeshit 50 3.8 88 25,500 Dera N110 30′ & E370 37′
13 Gedam Selase 15 1.9 99 12,700 Simada N110 21′ & E380 10′
14 Gelawdios 100 6 48 40,000 Dera N110 38′ & E370 48′
Total 208,700.00

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