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.”
“…the entrepreneurship training was an eye opener. It enabled us to see how one can go up the ladder of success in life. We learned how we may set a goal we wish to reach at, start with a small amount of money that we used to think is useless and start moving, step by step, toward the goal that we have set.” A young IGA beneficiary from Wajitu Harbu village in Welmera woreda
Agro-ecology is one of MELCA’s programs that focuses on Community Based Agro-biodiversity Management (CBAM).
Majang zone is one of the Southeastern parts of the country endowed with rich bio-cultural diversity. Recorded evidences show that the Majang forest consists of a total of 257 vascular plant species representing 90 families.
MELCA-Ethiopia has built its first Community Seed Bank (CSB) in Telecho Kebele of Welmera woreda in Finfinne Area Special Zone of Oromia National Regional State. A spectacular inauguration ceremony of the CSB has been held on the 30th of November 2013.