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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

Mantogera Church Forest (Est. 1275 A.D.)

Forest Health Indicators for Mantogera Church Forest


Hectares
of Forest
Remaining
5.0


Woody
Species
Remaining
44


Number of
Cattle Trails
In the Forest
4.4


Number of
Cut Trees
In the Forest
149


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 (%) Total Cost of Wall
Abegeldi 1735 14.0 19 4.1 91 0% $20,000
Alember 1702 14.5 37 2.3 141 0% $20,000
Amstya 1260 22.8 41 1.3 53 0% $13,400
Ascha 1940 1.6 22 3.2 128 0% $20,000
Asolit 1984 7.7 36 1.3 14 0% $20,000
Debresena 1570 11.5 34 1.3 119 100% $12,700
Deder 1690 14.4 22 3.4 88 0% $20,000
Dedim 1330 36.6 22 4.3 125 0% $20,100
Dengolt 1300 25.0 36 3.3 41 0% $17,400
Emashenkor 1659 3.4 38 0.0 13 0% $20,000
Enshet Kuskuam 1410 6.3 26 1.2 52 0% $20,000
Gedamselase 1011 15.0 74 2.4 74 0% $12,700
Gelawdios 1500 100.0 42 2.4 32 0% $40,200
Gibstawit 1620 8.7 35 2.3 130 0% $11,400
Gunaguna 1260 6.9 34 1.1 138 0% $20,000
Hiruy 360 4.0 31 0.2 29 0% $20,000
Mantogera 1275 5.0 44 4.4 149 0% $6,000
Mekedesemariam 1430 4.7 33 0.9 33 0% $20,000
Mosha 1320 7.0 43 0.0 42 0% $18,800
Qorata 1655 48.0 60 1.3 52 0% $18,800
Quar 1480 3.0 34 3.3 69 0% $20,000
Shamo 1270 10.0 58 3.7 129 0% $20,000
Woji 1695 22.5 39 4.2 144 80% $15,400
Wonberoch 1740 35.0 15 3.2 117 0% $20,000
Wonkesht 1500 50.0 78 2.2 61 0% $25,500
Wuahir 1360 8.4 30 2.4 86 0% $9,400
Zagua 1450 6.8 33 1.1 94 0% $20,000
Zhara 1550 8.0 29 2.2 41 100% $10,700

Data from Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete (2007)


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