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      Landscape Restoration using Church Forest Relics Project Launched Plantation!

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ORDA Ethiopia’s Landscape Restoration Using Church Forest Relics Project has officially started its forest development work at Jib Asra Kebele, Estie Woreda, South Gondar Zone on July 4/2014.

The project will provide economic and social benefits by protecting the remaining relics and expanding connectivity of the church forests through closure & planting indigenous seedlings.

In addition to conserving the residual forest, the project will also focus on plantation on communal land, woodlot practice to smallholder farm lands, and riverside plantation and rehabilitation of degraded lands.

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The project is funded by Cartier Nature with $ 1.2 million and will be implemented in Estie and Dera woredas from February 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.

ORDA Ethiopia’s Executive Director, Dr. Alemayehu Wassie, in his Ph.D dissertation study revealed that the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which is the main source of natural forest over 120 years ago in northern Ethiopia, has declined from 60 percent to 1. Dr. Alemayehu Wassie said the church's significant contribution to forest and biodiversity conservation and satellite images show that more than 35,000 churches are home to natural forests.

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The project aims to ensure sustainable development and create a resilient community to climate change by implementing landscape restoration on the existing relics/ species of forest churches in Estie and Dera woredas.

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The Executive Director of the Organization noted the project will be expanded in West and East Gojjam and other parts of North Ethiopia.

South Gondar Zone and Estie Woreda administrators, religious leaders, students, ORDA Ethiopia staff participated in the tree planting program.



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