March 26, 2008

ሰበር ዜና፡ የአሰቦት ገዳም ደን እየተቃጠለ ነው Monastery Forest Burning

በምዕራብ ሐረርጌ ሀገረ ስብከት አሰቦት ወረዳ የሚገኘው የታላቁ የአሰቦት ገዳም ደን እየተቃጠለ ነው፡፡ ምንጮቻችን ከአዲስ አበባ እንደጠቆሙን ከሆነ ቃጠሎው አዲስ በመሆኑ እንኳን የሚያጠፋው ሊገኝ ዜናውንም ለመስማት እንዳልተቻለ ታውቋል፡፡ ሰሞኑንም በተመሳሳ መልኩ የዝቋላ ገዳምና ከአዲስ አበባ ወጣ ብላ የምትገኘው የጥንታዊቷ የየረር በዓታ ለማርያም ቤተ ክርስቲያን ደኖች መቃጠላቸው ወይም በመቃጠል ላይ መሆናቸው ተገልጿል፡፡

Forests of time old monasteries in different localities are burning. According to Deje Selam sources, natural forests of atleast three ancient monasteries are in fire. Zequala Abo, Asebot and Yerer Lideta Le Mariam Monasteries are amongest the reknowned relious place in Ethiopia.

Following we have posted a short summary of Why do we need to focus on these Church forests? by a researcher called Dr. Alemayehu Wassie.

Deforestation in the northern highlands of Ethiopia is becoming an unstoppable process dating back many hundreds of years. In much of the landscape of northern Ethiopia, the lush vegetation on the hillsides surrounding a church or a monastery presents a sharp contrast to the surrounding bare ridges and mountain slopes. They are the only localities covered by tree vegetation and not affected by gully erosion (Taye Bekele et al. unpublished). Preserving these remnant indigenous woody species in concrete ground before their entire elimination is, undoubtedly, an urgent task.

None of the 'externally' designed systems, approaches and dominant conservation paradigms imported and tried so far halted deforestation (Dessalegn Rahmato 2001). Moreover, in the course of carrying out environmental conservation activities, important local traditional institutions that should have been taken into partnership were alienated due to a lack of insensitivity towards them that led to mishandling relations (Yeraswork Admassie 1995).

Thus, it is time to take the opportunity of the locally and traditionally tested conservation systems in order to conserve and maintain the vanishing and endangered woody species’ diversity resources and ecosystem in the area mentioned. In this perspective, we have to look into tree conserving traditions of the EOTC, which has been successful in resisting the flood of deforestation for many decades in the area.

Despite what the EOTC has done to conserve a significant proportion of the forests in the country, the church does not receive the recognition and support it deserves (Alemayehu wassie, 2002;Taye Bekele et al. unpublished). Thus, we have to recognise this tradition as an opportunity and explore possibilities of using it in future conservation programs.

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