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.
MELCA, revitalizing the missing links! MELCA-Ethiopia formerly known, as MELCA Mahiber is a non-governmental organization registered under the Charities and Societies Agency of Ethiopia with a certificate no. 3408 as an Ethiopian resident charity.
MELCA Mahiber has produced draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) proclamation to correct the major gaps and limitations of the existing EIA proclamation. This was a step forward in creating credible and functional Environmental Impact Assessment System in Ethiopia. Before drafting the proclamation MELCA, together with Sheka Forest
MELCA’s Bale Project has been awarded by his Excellency Girma W/Giorgis the FDRE President for its remarkable achievements in the conservation and rehabilitation of degraded areas around Bale Mountains National Park.
MELCA Mahiber undertakes strategic planning from March 9 -11/2007 at Debreziet. All the staffs of MELCA were participated in the strategic planning process. The process was facilitated by Paulin Wilson, a volunteer from England.
MELCA has published a book called “a rapid assessment of biofuel developments in Ethiopia” regarding the base line study and research on the national biofuel strategy and its implementations in five regions of Ethiopia.
Between November 25 and 27, a total of seventy-one representatives from various Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as Parliamentarians, government ministries, and other stakeholders met for a three day workshop unde
Seed diversity is the basis of food security and food sovereignty. Seed is a community resource that has always been shared amongst communities. Local seed exchange between farmers and communities has been – and continues to be – the basis of agricultural development in Ethiopia. Seed developed by the local farmers represents up to 90% of all seed planted in the country. Even today, it is the farming communities of Ethiopia that are the nurturers of seed diversity and the producers of seed, not the governmental programs or the industry laboratories.
The results of a baseline study conducted by MELCA in 2005 on the situation and threats to Sheka Forest provide a framework for MELCA’s work to save the forest and bring about policy change on issues concerning environmental and community rights, and a focused and coordinated advocacy. Thus, five research works which focused Land use/Land cover changes, the impact of land use/ land covers changes on biodiversity, the impact of cultural changes on the people of Sheka and their traditional resource management practices, legal and institutional analysis for sustainable use of forest resources, and economic value of natural forest in sheka Zone have been sponsored by MELCA.