“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
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.
A participatory video workshop organized by MELCA and funded by the Gaia Foundation in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) was held at MELCA’s Bale project area from 23-27 Sep. 2013.
Participatory video is a form of participatory media in which members of a community create their own film.
Celebrating a Cultural Biodiversity (CB) day, on which the youth show their commitment and urge other community members for conservation of their culture and nature, has become an exciting event at all MELCA’s project areas.
“…this event is being conducted in a compound of a secondary school in a small town. Nonetheless, for me, it is more important than any other gathering held in halls with armchairs in big cities. That is so because it is about being committed for conservation of nature and protection of the environment, which is vital for both the current and future generation.”
MELCA Ethiopia has been named as the organisation with the most entrepreneurial approach to education in Ethiopia in the Educating Africa Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education.