Potential analysis of the development of biosphere reserves in Ethiopia


CFEE Seminar on Contemporary Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (2014-2015)

6e séance / 6th session : Potential analysis of the development of biosphere reserves in Ethiopia, par / by Renée Moreaux (Michael Succow Foundation)

Cette séance est organisée en partenariat avec le Centre des sciences de l’environnement de l’Université d’Addis-Abeba / This session is organised in partnership with the Center for environmental sciences of Addis Ababa University.

Lundi 23 mars 2015 (14h) / Monday, March 23rd 2015 (2:00 pm). Lieu / Venue : Addis Ababa University, College of Natural Science, Arat Kilo Campus, Graduate Building, room 616.

Potential analysis of the development of biosphere reserves in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is characterized by a large number of different types of ecosystems and regions with hotspots of biodiversity, including afromontane forests and grasslands, moist and dry savannahs, tropical forests, deserts and volcanic lowlands with salt lakes. However, the pressure on the natural resources rises, which affects also the protected areas, e.g. national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and community conservation areas. National parks have been founded, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, in order to protect the biodiversity and rare or endemic species. But many protected areas do not have management plans. The needs of the local people for natural resources, e.g. fire wood, pastures and arable land, increase the pressure of use on the national parks further on. The results are high deforestation rates, soil degradation, overgrazing and conversion to agricultural land in the national park areas. The strict conservation concept of the national parks does not include the development of sustainable land use. For this reason, in 2009, the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology asks the Michael Succow Foundation to assist the development of new biosphere reserves in Ethiopia, in addition to the already three biosphere reserves existing in the country (Kafa, Yayu, Sheka).
For this purpose, Renée Moreaux (Succow Foundation) has led in March 2015, in partnership with the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE), a mission aimed at preparing a sound analysis of the suitability and the potential of certain areas. She will present this project and some initial results of her mission.

Plus d’information sur ce projet de recherche dans la rubrique « Terrains » de ce blog / Read more on this research project on the « Fieldworks » section of this blog: http://cfee.hypotheses.org/1123

L’intervenante / The speaker

Renée Moreaux, diplômée en écologie du paysage, se spécialise pendant  ses études en Équateur et en Éthiopie dans la protection de  l’environnement, son mémoire portant sur la réhabilitation des forêts  dans la région du lac Tana (Éthiopie). Depuis juillet 2014, elle
travaille à la Fondation Michael Succow à l’organisation de projets
internationaux, principalement au développement des réserves de
biosphère en Éthiopie. / Renée Moreaux is graduated in landscape ecology. She made a research on environmental conservation in Ecuador and Ethiopia. Her thesis discusses the rehabilitation of forests in the lake Tana area (Ethiopia). Since July 2014, she manages for the Michael Succow Foundation several international projects, and principally the development of biosphere reserves in Ethiopia.

La Fondation Michael Succow / The Michael Succow Foundation

La Fondation Michael Succow est une fondation opérationnelle engagée dans des projets de conservation de l’environnement et dans le développement des aires protégées, installée à Greifswald, Allemagne. La fondation travaille en Ethiopie depuis 2010, où elle soutient la création d’une réserve de biosphère dans la région du lac Tana. / The Michael Succow Foundation is an operative foundation engaged in international nature conservation projects and protected area development, based in Greifswald, Germany. The foundation works in Ethiopia since 2010, supporting the implementation of a biosphere reserve in Lake Tana region.

Photo : C. Ménard

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *