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Update on Ethiopia church forest sites

Wonchet Michael 2

Alemayehu provides this update on the church forest sites:
1. Group 1: Already started projects Woji and Debresena. This is still in progress.
2. Group 2: New sites: Wonchet (The priest who requested repeatedly around Zhara) has started stone collection. Another is named Goha Mariam which has already started

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Google Maps, Canopy Climber Save Dry Ethiopia’s Church Forests

Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman in Ethiopia, home to unusual Coptic churches surrounded by forests. Source: California Academy of Sciences via Bloomberg

Bloomberg Businessweek interview with Dr. Meg Lowman regarding the church forests in Ethiopia. Article written by Manuela Hoelterhoff in Bloomberg News:
Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman spends a lot of time balancing at the top of trees. To get there, she’s designed hot air balloons and travels the

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Dispatch from Ethiopia: Curse of the Church Forests

Dr. Lowman’s article originally posted at
I’m swallowing mouthfuls of dust each day driving long distances through a landscape parched by East Africa’s annual dry season. The majority of roads are not only dusty; they’re unbelievably rough, and our four-wheel-drive’s dysfunctional shock absorbers subject us to a

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Are church forests key to conservation in Ethiopia?

Article from Deutsche Welle (DW) that provides an excellent summary of Dr. Lowman’s conservation efforts in Ethiopia:
In the highlands of Ethiopia efforts are underway to protect the cultural and biological resources of an ancient landscape. The key to regeneration may be as old as the book of Genesis itself.

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Lowman to study coffee forests in Ethiopia as Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Margaret D. Lowman, research professor in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University and senior scientist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will teach and study coffee forests in Ethiopia this winter as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Program. Lowman

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Pioneering scientist speaks to Woman’s Club

Dr. Lowman speaks to the Tarboro Woman’s Club about preserving the tropical forests of Ethiopia and encouraging girls to become scientists.
From The Tarboro Daily Southerner:
TARBORO — The woman who discovered treetop canopy ecology, Dr. Meg Lowman, spoke to the Tarboro Woman’s Club at their meeting at The

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A Preliminary Assessment of Ethiopian Sacred Grove Status at the Landscape and Ecosystem Scales

Abstract: The northern Ethiopian landscape is dotted with small patches of church forests that are religious centers for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC). These sacred groves are what remain of the once vast tropical Afromontane dry forest. Herein we review the landscape pattern of sacred groves

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“Saving the Forest Canopies of Ethiopia” in Summer 2013 Newsletter of The International Canopy Network

Dr. Meg Lowman writes about saving the forest canopies of Ethiopia in “What’s Up?” The Newsletter of the International Canopy Network; Volume 19, Number 3, Summer 2013.
The International Canopy Network publishes its newsletter quarterly and features articles and content of interest to forest canopy researchers, educators, students,

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Update on Woji and Debresena church forests in Ethiopia

Woji church forest now has walls. In 2013, the local people worked with their priests to make a conservation wall around this forest. TREE Foundation made a donation to the church to thank them for their stewardship.
Alemayehu provides this update:
The last three days I was out for

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Update on Mosha church forest wall and expansion

Below is an update from Alemayehu on the Mosha church forest in Ethiopia:
Mosha is a 7 ha forest which was surrounded by degraded grazing land. For the last years the degradation level of the surrounding land has become more serious and the grazing effect has been intense

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