EthioTrees – Supporting Landless Farmers in the Tembien Highlands // GO BACK
The overall aim of this project is to improve rural household income for landless farmers in different villages in the North Ethiopian Highlands, by supporting woodland restoration and woodland ecosystem services development.
Located at the northernmost limit of the African monsoons, the North Ethiopian Highlands are a hotspot of vulnerability to land degradation and climatic changes. In areas across Ethiopia, a variety of non-timber forest products can bring substantial amounts of cash income to farmer households. However, the significant potential of non-timber forest production remains largely untapped. To date, in Northern Ethiopia, there is not enough attention to the participatory development of community-wide benefits such as carbon storage, flood reduction and non-timber forest production when establishing exclosures.
To counter these problems, this project aims to boost community-driven woodland restoration on large and highly degraded slopes where cattle grazing is excluded. This will store carbon in the supported woodlands, both as soil organic carbon and above-ground biomass, and support ecosystem services development and valorisation through increasing groundwater availability, honey production and frankincense (oil) production for landless farmers.
The project aims to boost biodiversity status, soil organic carbon, biomass, groundwater recharge, and cash income for landless farmers. The vast majority of the farmers identify the lack of access to drinking water as the main problem for their livelihood. The landless participants derive significantly less income from sales of agricultural products and sales of livestock as compared to farmers with land.
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Tembien Highlands (Ethiopia)
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March 2019 | Further collaboration has taken place between Ghent University (Belgium) and Mekelle University (Ethiopia) through the South Initiative programme. In 2018, the programme provided 5 Ethiopian MSc students and 2 Belgian MSc students research access to the Ethiotrees project. Read more
October 2016 | Participants of the Ethiotrees project have already begun creating their Plan Vivos! These land management plans are the cornerstone of any Plan Vivo project and will guide the participants' ecosystem restoration process. Watch the video
January 2019 | The EthioTrees project recently cooperated with the Springer (publishing house) initiative to finalize a “tourist” GeoGuide for the Tembien Highlands. The GeoGuide series publishes travel guide type short monographs focused on areas and regions of geo-morphological and geological importance including Geoparks, National Parks, World Heritage areas and Geosites. The GeoGuide of Dogua Tembien is to be published in May 2019.
February 2017 | The project has recently expanded with the addition of three new communities! These are the areas of Afedena, May Huwo and May Genet. Associations have already been formed for these communities and their activities have begun generating PVCs. Read more