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Church Forests of Ethiopia

Wall Construction at Zhara Church Forest, Ethiopia

Video by Greg Vander Veer

Dr. Meg Lowman and Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete discuss the environmental and social value of the stone wall constructed around the Zhara church forest, Ethiopia.



Featured Church Forest

Wuahir Church Forest (Est. 1360 A.D.)

Forest Health Indicators for Wuahir Church Forest


Hectares
of Forest
Remaining
8.4


Woody
Species
Remaining
30


Number of
Cattle Trails
In the Forest
2.4


Number of
Cut Trees
In the Forest
86


Percentage of
Wall
Completed
0%

Data from Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete (2007)

Church Forests of Ethiopia

Forest Year Established Remaining Hectares Remaining Woody Species Cattle Trails Cut Trees Wall Completed (%)
Abegeldi 1735 14.0 19 4.1 91 0%
Alember 1702 14.5 37 2.3 141 0%
Amstya 1260 22.8 41 1.3 53 0%
Ascha 1940 1.6 22 3.2 128 0%
Asolit 1984 7.7 36 1.3 14 0%
Debresena 1570 11.5 34 1.3 119 100%
Deder 1690 14.4 22 3.4 88 0%
Dedim 1330 36.6 22 4.3 125 0%
Dengolt 1300 25.0 36 3.3 41 0%
Emashenkor 1659 3.4 38 0.0 13 0%
Enshet Kuskuam 1410 6.3 26 1.2 52 0%
Gedamselase 1011 15.0 74 2.4 74 0%
Gelawdios 1500 100.0 42 2.4 32 0%
Gibstawit 1620 8.7 35 2.3 130 0%
Gunaguna 1260 6.9 34 1.1 138 0%
Hiruy 360 4.0 31 0.2 29 0%
Mantogera 1275 5.0 44 4.4 149 0%
Mekedesemariam 1430 4.7 33 0.9 33 0%
Mosha 1320 7.0 43 0.0 42 0%
Qorata 1655 48.0 60 1.3 52 0%
Quar 1480 3.0 34 3.3 69 0%
Shamo 1270 10.0 58 3.7 129 0%
Woji 1695 22.5 39 4.2 144 80%
Wonberoch 1740 35.0 15 3.2 117 0%
Wonkesht 1500 50.0 78 2.2 61 0%
Wuahir 1360 8.4 30 2.4 86 0%
Zagua 1450 6.8 33 1.1 94 0%
Zhara 1550 8.0 29 2.2 41 100%
Geregera 5.0 30 0.0 0 100%
Wonchet 7.0 27 0.0 0 70%
Zegura Mehanialem 12.0 36 0.0 0 50%
Goha Mariam 5.0 30 0.0 0 60%
Bata Mariam 7.0 0 0.0 0 90%
Data from Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete (2007)


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