Saving the Forests of Ethiopia – One Church at a Time
TREE Foundation is a global force in the conservation of the last remaining forests of northern Ethiopia.
Because these church forests of Ethiopia house water supplies, biodiversity (including pollinators of local crops), conserve soil, store carbon, as well as the local churches which represent important spiritual centers, these forests are an important legacy to the health of the Ethiopian people. TREE’s Ethiopia project represents a win/win/win in the world of conservation biology:
- Construction of stone walls encourage removal of stones from agricultural fields and raise the crop yield
- The stone walls conserve the remaining forest patches and the native biodiversity of northern Ethiopia
- The walls prevent cattle from eating the seedlings and plows from damaging the edge vegetation
- The walls provide labor for some of the rural sector
To help TREE Foundation’s efforts to save these critical church forests, consider supporting us with a contribution:
Featured Church Forest
Hiruy Church Forest (Est. 360 A.D.)
Forest Health Indicators for Hiruy Church Forest
In the Forest
In the Forest
Church Forests of Ethiopia
Data from Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete (2007)
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.
Please support these church forest communities and help save the remaining biodiversity by donating today. Thank you.
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