Dr. Margaret D. Lowman, research professor in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University and senior scientist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will teach and study coffee forests in Ethiopia this winter as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Program. LowmanRead more →
Abstract: The northern Ethiopian landscape is dotted with small patches of church forests that are religious centers for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC). These sacred groves are what remain of the once vast tropical Afromontane dry forest. Herein we review the landscape pattern of sacred grovesRead more →
Dr. Meg Lowman writes about saving the forest canopies of Ethiopia in “What’s Up?” The Newsletter of the International Canopy Network; Volume 19, Number 3, Summer 2013.
The International Canopy Network publishes its newsletter quarterly and features articles and content of interest to forest canopy researchers, educators, students,
Woji church forest now has walls. In 2013, the local people worked with their priests to make a conservation wall around this forest. TREE Foundation made a donation to the church to thank them for their stewardship.
Alemayehu provides this update:
The last three days I was out for
Church Forests of Ethiopia
The highlands of Northern Ethiopia have suffered from intense deforestation for decades (Wassie et al., 2010). What little indigenous forest remains persists in “church forests”: small forests encircling the thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox churches spread throughout the countryside. Church forests are sacred places for
Below is an update from Alemayehu on the Mosha church forest in Ethiopia:
Mosha is a 7 ha forest which was surrounded by degraded grazing land. For the last years the degradation level of the surrounding land has become more serious and the grazing effect has been intense
Below is an update from Alemayehu on the Woji church forest in Ethiopia:
After long discussion with the community finally the new boundary has been defined and agreed. As you may see in the picture the blue paint on the tree shows the new boundary mark of the
Church Forest Preview from Greg Vander Veer on Vimeo.
Church Forest reveals a mystical world where priests and scientists struggle to come together, despite vastly different beliefs, to save the last forests of Northern Ethiopia. Through stunning religious ceremonies, humorous moments with eccentric scientists, revealing macro-photography, and traditional
Thanks to generous contributions from our global forest fans, TREE Foundation has leveraged our conservation programs in Ethiopia from 2 protected forests to nearly 25 forests where stone walls defining the perimeters are funded and under construction. The church leaders have expressed their appreciation, and also theirRead more →