Life and activities in Holeta town, found some 40 kms to the west of Addis Ababa, were ‘not as usual’ on the morning of Saturday the 28th of December 2015. Farmers and young students were streaming in to the town from all directions carrying various foodstuffs, crop varieties and traditional artifacts. They are coming from rural kebeles in Welmera woreda. Most of them were also in their traditional attires.
“Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) has been the core strategy in the first Growth and Transformation plan (GTP) of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and will continue to be so in the second GTP about to be launched.
Southwestern part of Ethiopia is known by its dense natural forest. Sheka zone is one of the areas in southwest part of Ethiopia that is rich in its biodiversity. The culture and way of living of the community has played a great role in conserving the natural environment.
MELCA-Ethiopia was established in December 2004. The organization has colorfully celebrated its tenth year anniversary on the 21st of March 2015 in Bale zone, Dinisho woreda. Bale is the area famous for its abundant biodiversity and culture.
MELCA’s efforts to contribute to the alleviation of conflicts and climate change effects
through biosphere reserves commended by partners.
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As the end of the year 2014 approached, all MELCA staff has been busy doing this and that to complete the actions planned for the year. One of the major actions to be completed before end of the year has been coordinating events of bio-cultural diversity celebration.
“I was born in Majang zone and I have grown up here. The forest is our life. We can’t live without it. But currently the forest is in danger. Large portion of the forestland is being changed to coffee and other plantations by investors; the community is also cutting trees for coffee farming.
Abroadeg is 23 years old and lives in Sheka in the southern region of Ethiopia with his wife and a three-year-old son. He gladly explains the benefit of modern beehives that allowed him to save his time and money.
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“…whereas the idea of biosphere reserves is relatively a new introduction to Ethiopia, getting more natural sites registered and recognized as biosphere reserves will help the country meet the Climate Resilient Green Economy policy it is pursuing.”