Combatting Desertification in Northern Ethiopia

by WeForest
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Summary

This project aims to restore Tigray's dry afromontane forests, combat adverse climate change effects and build community resilience. To help conserve the native species in the dwindling forests, the communities are equipped to identify and manage restoration 'zones' on non-productive land. Community members are trained in nursery development & management as well as sustainable forestry, and given the opportunity to take part in more sustainable livelihood initiatives to increase food security.
$10,000.00
total goal
$8,707.00
remaining
4
donors
1
monthly donor
6
months active

Challenge

has been suffering from land degradation for many decades, driven by increased human use of land and unsustainable agricultural practices. Animal grazing and the collection of firewood for domestic cooking and charcoal conversion has caused swathes of Ethiopia's forests to disappear - with less tree cover and protection against erosion, soil is eroded and washed away creating an unsustainable cycle of environmental, social and economic degradation.

Solution

The project aims to convert degraded lands into functional productive forests, with an emphasis on biodiversity conservation as well as soil and water conservation. Alongside this, local villages are empowered to engage in profitable, sustainable livelihood activities.

Long-Term Impact

To ensure the long-term sustainable management of the restored forests sustainable livelihood development is crucial - WeForest introduces bee-keeping, sustainable harvesting of animals feed from the forests, direct income from restoration activities, training and education in sustainable forest management. The ultimate long term impact is to increase biomass cover; stabilising soils, conservation local biodiversity and improving food & income security for the communities of Tigray.

Resources

http:/​/​www.weforest.org
Transforms Landscapes for Climate, People & Planet

Organization Information

WeForest

Location: Overijse - Belgium
Website: http:/​/​www.weforest.org
Project Leader:
Eva Vogt
Overijse, Belgium

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