Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems

CHURCH FORESTS OF ETHIOPIA

Assessing Sacred Forests in Ethiopia, India and elsewhere

Article written by Dr. Lowman and Palatty Allesh Sinu in BioScience:
Increasing degradation of tropical forests prompts the consideration of unconventional ideas to promote conservation. In his recent book, E. O. Wilson advocates conserving half of the planet for one species (Homo sapiens) and the other half for

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Promoting Conservation Through Literature: The Story of Beza

Beza, Who Saved the Forests of Ethiopia, One Church at a Time – A Conservation Story is a wonderful story to help bring this message into school and to educate children about the importance of conservation in an accessible way. Promoting conservation through literature is one of the easiest and most important ways that we can create a dialogue with young people about the often abstract and difficult concept of what conservation really means to them.

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3D image of Ethiopian church forest insect

Enjoy this cool critter, in the family Scutelleridae.
Via Josh Martin:

We nick-named this one “Punisher Beetle”, but 1) that’s not it’s name, and 2) it’s not a beetle, it’s a Hemipteran. I think it’s in the Scutelleridae (shield-backed bugs) family.

Punisher Beetle
by Tanner Boucher
on Sketchfab

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How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest

Dr. Meg Lowman continues to work on protecting the ancient forests in Ethiopia. Next month, Dr. Lowman plans to help a women’s monastery build a wall around their forest.
From insidescience.org:
In Ethiopia, churches may hold the key to protecting threatened species.
In the highlands of Ethiopia, California Academy of

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Summer 2017 REU program in Ethiopia – Now Accepting Applications

In Summer 2017, the REU Site at Colby College in Waterville, Maine will offer eight undergraduate students the chance to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests in Amhara, Ethiopia.
During the 8-week program (June 12-August 9), students will train at

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Ethiopian Church Forests – Opportunities and Challenges for Restoration

PhD thesis “Ethiopian Church Forests: Opportunities and Challenges for Restoration”
by Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete

General Introduction

Tropical dry forests are among the most exploited forest ecosystems of the world and have been increasingly fragmented (Cabin et al., 2002). The fragmentation results in small stands of forest bordered by open,

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A Chat with Canopy Meg

by Jenna Yonegaga
As an aspiring ecologist and rather nerdy science enthusiast, having the opportunity to meet Meg Lowman was a gift to me. Our class took a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, one of the largest and most prestigious natural history

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Conservation of the Ethiopian church forests: threats, opportunities and implications for their management

From the Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 551–552, 1 May 2016, Pages 404–414:
Abstract:
In the central and northern highlands of Ethiopia, native forest and forest biodiversity is almost confined to sacred groves associated with churches. Local communities rely on these ‘church forests’ for essential ecosystem services including

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Ethiopian conservation partner, Alemayehu Wassie, recognized for work in the church forests

CONGRATULATIONS to our Ethiopian conservation partner, Dr. Alemayehu Wassie, for his feature in this African Geographic article!  TREE is very proud to partner with this wonderful Ethiopian scientist!
From Africa Geographic Magazine:
Dr. Alemayehu Wassie – Forest Ecologist, Ethiopia
Alemayehu Wassie works in northern Ethiopia where most of the area’s

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Fashion versus Function in the Canopy? Levi’s talk to CanopyMeg

In this article from Levi Strauss & Co., CanopyMeg is described as being a modern day pioneer who wears her Levi’s® in the rainforest treetops.
Dr. Meg Lowman is a woman of many titles; she is an American biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor and public speaker. But of

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