The road to Masha, the town of Sheka Zone in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), has been busy for a couple of days during the end of January 2013. Many people from Addis Ababa, Hawassa, the capital of SNNPR, and zones neighboring with Sheka were traveling to the small town of Sheka Zone to attend an occasion to be celebrated on the 28th of January 2013.
The Sheka forest covers a unique bio-geographic unit extending from cold and very wet highlands bordering Illubabor zone of Oromia regional state and Kafa zone to hot lowland areas bordering Gambella regional state and the Bench-Maji zone.
MELCA-Ethiopia has conducted its annual general meeting on the 10th of March 2012 at Harambe Hotel in Addis Ababa.
Dr Melaku Werede, chairman of MELCA’s Board of Directors, made a welcome speech on the meeting.
The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFF) has nominated the Director of MELCA-Ethiopia, Million Belay, as one of the finalists for the first international Forest Heroes Award of 2011.The announcement was done during the Forest Day at the Climate Change negotiations convened in Durban, South Africa.
Stability and sustainability in a farming system is determined by the degree to which agricultural productivity
The Sheka Forest is one of the few forests in Ethiopia that is rich in biodiversity and has an irreplaceable value in terms of providing a healthy ecosystem for the entire area.
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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.
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