Suba-Sebeta Project Area (in Oromia National Regional State)

Suba is an area where the oldest protected area (Menagesha-Suba Forest) in Africa is found. It is where the oldest afro dry montane forest and rich in biological diversity is found. Despite these historical facts, however, the status of conservation being rendered to this forest is becoming weaker and weaker from time to time. One of the reasons for the weakening of the conservation status is believed to be the expansion of towns, as the forest is found just a few kilometers away from the capital Addis Ababa, and the erosion of cultural values accorded to the forest and trees as a consequence.

Hence MELCA opened its second branch office in the Suba- Sebeta area with the aim of contributing its part to efforts for the conservation of not only the old Suba-Sebeta forest and its biodiversity, but also the culture of the local community from being totally dominated by the western culture and values.

To this effect MELCA is currently undertaking different programs in the area including Environmental Education (SEGNI), which mainly involves school children, Environmental Advocacy, which focuses on different stakeholders including government organs, soil and water conservation activities. Alternative livelihood improvement and it has also recently, launched, Population, Health and Environment (PHE), a program implemented in schools in integration with SEGNI. MELCA is also implementing participatory mapping program in Suba-Sebeta project area. The P3DM next to Bale has been done here.

Bale Project Area (in Oromia National Regional State)

The Bale project office is the eldest branch office for MELCA. It was opened in 2005, just a few months after the establishment of MELCA and the opening of its head office in Addis Ababa.

Bale was chosen to be MELCA’s project area firstly because of its rich biodiversity and indigenous culture as well as its endemicity. The area is not only rich in biodiversity, but is also known for its variety of representative ecosystems starting from grassland through alpine climate to cloud forest.

Although the zone has a long history of an area designated as protected area  since the reign of Emperor Hailesillasie, there has been an increasing pressure on the conservation of the area and its biodiversity due to expansion of agriculture, towns and pastoralists.

Hence MELCA was interested in opening its first branch office in Bale with the aim of contributing to the effort by different stakeholders to conserve the biodiversity and culture of the people from being eroded by the factors mentioned as threats.

To that end MELCA is currently undertaking different programs in the zone including Environmental Education (SEGNI), which mainly involves school children, Environmental Advocacy, which focuses on different stakeholders including government organs, soil and water conservation activities, and integration of Population, Health and Environment (PHE). Moreover, Participatory Forest Management (PFM) is also implemented around Bale project area. The first Participatory 3 Dimensional Modeling (P3DM), which is part of MELCA’s participatory mapping program, has also been done in Bale.

Partners

 ABN  Bale-Eco-Region  BMNP  CTA DF-Logo 
 African Biodiversity Network Bale Eco-Region Sustainable management program Bale Mountain National Park Techinical Center for Agriculture & Rural Cooperation The Development Fund
 ETH-BALE_ZG  EWCP  EWNHS  EWNRA  FFF
 Frankfurt Zoological Society Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society

Ethio Wetlands and Natural Resource Association Forum for Environment
 fss  Gaia-Foundation  HBF  Horn-Of-Africa  NPA
 Forum for Social Studies  Gaia Foundation Heinrich Boll Foundation  Horn of Africa Norwegian People Aids
 Oromiya  Saint-Louis-Zoo  SLUF  PHE-Ethiopia-Consortium  ssnc
Oromiya National Regional State Sustainable Land Use Forum  PHE  Sweedish Society for Nature Conservation
 iucn isd eu 
 International Union for Conservation of Nature http://www.iucn.org/ Institute for Sustainable Development
Ethio Wetlands and Natural Resource Association

Environmental Advocacy

MELCA employs different approaches to work with the local community at the grass root level for conservation and rehabilitation of forest, mountain and agriculture bio-diversity of the country. In addition to that, with a view of having a holistic approach to mobilizing concerted effort to that effect it also organizes awareness raising and sensitization forums especially for government organs at different levels.

Building Ecosystem Resilience (Conservation and Rehabilitation Activities)

Conservation of existing forest biodiversity, its ecosystem and culture of the local community and rehabilitation of degraded environment is among the engagement areas of MELCA. Apparently vast of the country’s forest and corresponding amount of forest diversity has already been lost, especially with in the past 3-4 decades. Although the degree has some how lessened the loss is still persisting.

Staff

Million-Belay

 

 

 

Dr. Million Belay

(Director)

millionbelay@yahoo.com

 

 

Befekadu Refera (Program Coordinator)

 

 

Befekadu Refera

(Program Coordinator)

befekadurefera@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Tesfaye Berhanu (Finance and Administration Manager)

 

Tesfaye Berhanu

(Finance and Administration Manager)

 

Edlawit Tegegn

(Administration Assistant)

tefaber@yahoo.com

 

edlawitegegn@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

Andualem Tarekegn

(Driver and Expeditor)

 

Elsabeth Abebe

(Office Assistant)

 

 

abebe.elsabet@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mersha Yilma

(Information and Documentation Officer)

 

mersy1@ymail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimelis Tegegn

(Suba-Sebeta Branch office Coordinator)

 

Samrawit Shiferaw

(Environmental Education Officer)

shimete@yahoo.com

 

samrawitshiferaw@rockemail.com

 

 

Endale Sahilu

(Environmental Education Officer)

endalesahilu@yahoo.com

 

Abebayehu Kassaye

(Environmental education coordinator, Bale)

 

Tesfaye Tola

(Bale branch office coordinator)

abebayehukassaye@yahoo.com

 

tesfayemelca@yahoo.com

Kerya Yasin

(Sheka Branch Office Coordinator)

 

Adugna Shewano

(Office Coordinator, Sheka project)

keryas@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

Yeshitla Negussie

(Project Officer, Sheka project)