MELCA means ford both in Amharic and Oromo language – two of the widely spoken languages of Ethiopia.
It means a crossing point on a river, which is symbolically used to indicate the need to take people away from their misconception about local people and culture to an understanding and appreciation of traditional ecological knowledge. A river also signifies linkage with a source. If the source dries, the river also dries. MELCA emphasizes that culture is the source of identity and wisdom, and that the destruction or degradation of culture will result lose of a vast amount of knowledge and identity.
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MELCA has more than 20 partners including government offices at regional, zonal and woreda levels, local non governmental organizations and CBOs as well as a number of non-Ethiopian non governmental organizations operating locally in other countries and internationally including Ethiopia.
MELCA (Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action) was registered in 2004 with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Justice as a membership based association and renewed its certificate until October 28, 2013(Certificate No. 0348). It has a broad membership base, comprising, foresters, lawyers, ecologists, sociologists, environmentalists, youth groups and women’s associations, and currently has 60 members.