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10 March 2020

Ecosystem services payment opportunities to harness village development programs in Desa’a

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WeForest held a one day stakeholders consultation workshop in Atsbi wonberta district on April 25, 2019 on possible ecosystem services payments opportunities like carbon marketing. In the consultation workshop, relevant stakeholders from the region (Tigray Regional State Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute, Mekelle University, Tigray Agricultural Research Institute, GiZ- Biodiversity Program and EOC-DICAC), district (Atsbi wonberta District office of Agriculture and Rural Development, Atsbi wonberta District Administration office, and CCA), community representatives’ and Development agents from Atsbi wonberta village from Kalamin and Felegeweyni were present.

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WeForest works on long-term Forest and Landscape Restoration programs, focussing at the Desa’a natural forest and it's surrounding communities. To ensure the long-term continuity of the Forest and Landscape Restoration programs, WeForest looks to receive payments through Carbon marketing in the international market. The role of stakeholders in the process of developing and implementing projects dealing with ecosystem services payment and identifying any other potential stakeholders to collaborate in the process were also discussed. All invited stakeholders were very happy with the Ecosystem services payment concept and proposal. This would also replicated to other forest areas and save the few remaining natural forests in Tigray.

EOC-DICAC: Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter Church Aid Commission
2 CCA: Environmental protection, land use & land administration and climate smart agriculture (CCA) project

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Aklilu Negussie Mekuria

Country Director Ethiopia

Aklilu oversees the various landscape restoration and planting projects in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a master's degree in Tropical Land Resources Management from Mekelle University (Ethiopia). Prior to joining WeForest, Aklilu conducted research in Africa and Europe for 12 years in forest ecology, management science, ecosystem safety, invasive plant, agronomy, plant propagation, bioenergy-biofuel, forest entomology, and non-timber forest products and worked for two years as a Consultant at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)