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EthioTrees : ecosystem service valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia)

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The North Ethiopian Highlands, located at the northernmost limit of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, are a ‘hotspot’ of vulnerability to land degradation and climatic changes. The interplays between climatic vulnerability and forest cover changes in this region caused declining water availability and increased soil erosion, which strongly affects livelihood conditions. Therefore, integrated catchment management activities are implemented, such as the creation of exclosures, to mitigate ongoing land degradation. Exclosures are naturally regenerated areas from which livestock and uncontrolled wood cutting are excluded. Communal cost-benefit evaluation of exclosures shows highly positive outcomes, as they store green water, carbon, soil and nutrients. The aim of this project is to improve rural household income status for landless farmers in the Highlands of Dogua Tembien, by creating added value derived from woodland restoration and woodland ecosystem services development provided by exclosures. Forest restoration is key to support land and climate resilience, as above-ground biomass and forest soils represent a huge reservoir for carbon storage. Smart ecosystem management and enrichment planting of exclosures will deliver increased green water downstream for croplands, increased biomass for livestock feeding and high-value non-timber forest products that can stimulate micro-economies. Non-timber forest products are valuable commodities derived from forests that do not require logging of the trees. EthioTrees stimulates non-timber forest production of high-value honey and frankincense oil to promote the conservation of the North Ethiopian exclosures. Simultaneously, ecosystem restoration activities can protect the city of Hagere Selam from recurrent flooding and huge flashfloods in the rain season.
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Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), woodland restauration, ecosystem services

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Lanckriet, Sil, Miro Jacob, Koen Lepoutre, et al. “EthioTrees : Ecosystem Service Valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia).” Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts. 2016. Print.
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Lanckriet, S., Jacob, M., Lepoutre, K., Moens, T., Asfaha, T.-G., Gebreselassie, S., Gebremeskel, D. T., et al. (2016). EthioTrees : ecosystem service valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia). Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts. Presented at the 10th Symposium of Ghent Africa Platform (GAPSYM-10): Celebrating partnership with Africa : demonstrating the value of international collaboration on teaching and research.
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Lanckriet, Sil, Miro Jacob, Koen Lepoutre, Tasha Moens, Tesfaalem-Ghebreyohannes Asfaha, Seifu Gebreselassie, Dereje Teklemariam Gebremeskel, and Jan Nyssen. 2016. “EthioTrees : Ecosystem Service Valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia).” In Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts.
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Lanckriet, Sil, Miro Jacob, Koen Lepoutre, Tasha Moens, Tesfaalem-Ghebreyohannes Asfaha, Seifu Gebreselassie, Dereje Teklemariam Gebremeskel, and Jan Nyssen. 2016. “EthioTrees : Ecosystem Service Valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia).” In Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts.
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Lanckriet S, Jacob M, Lepoutre K, Moens T, Asfaha T-G, Gebreselassie S, et al. EthioTrees : ecosystem service valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia). Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts. 2016.
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S. Lanckriet et al., “EthioTrees : ecosystem service valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia),” in Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts, Ghent, Belgium, 2016.
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  abstract     = {The North Ethiopian Highlands, located at the northernmost limit of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, are a ‘hotspot’ of vulnerability to land degradation and climatic changes. The interplays between climatic vulnerability and forest cover changes in this region caused declining water availability and increased soil erosion, which strongly affects livelihood conditions. Therefore, integrated catchment management activities are implemented, such as the creation of exclosures, to mitigate ongoing land degradation. Exclosures are naturally regenerated areas from which livestock and uncontrolled wood cutting are excluded. Communal cost-benefit evaluation of exclosures shows highly positive outcomes, as they store green water, carbon, soil and nutrients. The aim of this project is to improve rural household income status for landless farmers in the Highlands of Dogua Tembien, by creating added value derived from woodland restoration and woodland ecosystem services development provided by exclosures. Forest restoration is key to support land and climate resilience, as above-ground biomass and forest soils represent a huge reservoir for carbon storage. Smart ecosystem management and enrichment planting of exclosures will deliver increased green water downstream for croplands, increased biomass for livestock feeding and high-value non-timber forest products that can stimulate micro-economies. Non-timber forest products are valuable commodities derived from forests that do not require logging of the trees. EthioTrees stimulates non-timber forest production of high-value honey and frankincense oil to promote the conservation of the North Ethiopian exclosures. Simultaneously, ecosystem restoration activities can protect the city of Hagere Selam from recurrent flooding and huge flashfloods in the rain season.},
  author       = {Lanckriet, Sil and Jacob, Miro and Lepoutre, Koen and Moens, Tasha and Asfaha, Tesfaalem-Ghebreyohannes and Gebreselassie, Seifu and Gebremeskel, Dereje Teklemariam and Nyssen, Jan},
  booktitle    = {Ghent Africa Platform, 10th Symposium, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs),woodland restauration,ecosystem services},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  title        = {EthioTrees : ecosystem service valuation in the Tembien Highlands (North Ethiopia)},
  year         = {2016},
}