03 Apr '11, 2pm

Saving Ethiopia's 'Church Forests': Embattled Islands of Biodiversity in a Denuded Landscape: Amazing pic.

Saving Ethiopia's 'Church Forests': Embattled Islands of Biodiversity in a Denuded Landscape: Amazing pic.

Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Churches have been tending groves of trees -- from a handful of acres to 300 hectares -- for hundreds of years, in the process preserving some of the few remnants of the country's historical Afromontane forests, according to a fascinating piece -- well worth reading in full -- on the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blogs Network (hat tip to Boing Boing . Most church forests are found in the northern part of the country, where the old forests have been razed to establish agriculture and build villages. Writes PLoS: "It is said that if a traveler to the area spies a forest, it surely has a church in the middle."

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/saving-ethiopia-c...

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