Forests of Sheka in Amharic. Click here to download the pdf file
MELCA Mahiber is actively engaged in a community centered land recovery process. To this effect MELCA has devised participatory mapping mechanisms such as participatory three dimensional modeling (P3DM), sketch mapping and eco mapping.
Efforts toward sustainable development, poverty reduction, and improved livelihoods, especially in developing countries like Ethiopia, are requiring integration of issues in the areas of population, health and environment.
Population growth resulting in an increased demand for natural resource coupled with unwise consumption of natural resources whether due to lack of alternative means to meet immediate basic needs or misconception of the way the natural ecosystem operates is leading to depletion of natural resources, ecological imbalance, and global climatic changes.
A movement to get the Sheka Forest registered, by UNESCO, as one of the world’s biosphere reserves has been officially declared by concerned governmental and non-governmental organs operating in the zone
These days the major challenge to conservation of natural resources, especially the forest is the absence of alternative means of income for some members of the society who depend on the forest and its products for living. With the aim of minimizing this dependency MELCA employs entrepreneurship training for those groups of the society, women, youth and marginalized groups in particular, to help them have an alternative means of generating incomes for their living.
Participatory mapping refers to the act of facilitating ground for local community members to come together and put their indigenous spatial knowledge on a map in a way they can understand and use it as a spring board way to solve their social and economic problems. As such it mainly deals with Participatory Geographic Information System (PGIS) at the community level.