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Forest Co-op Provides Powerful Responsibility of Ownership

Truth Atlas

Over the last two decades, deforestation in the Bale region of southern Ethiopia reached alarming levels of 8 percent per annum. “It all comes back to poverty,” says Michelle Winthrop, country director of Farm Africa Ethiopia. With no viable alternatives for income, desperate locals encroached on the protected forest area to harvest wood and graze their livestock. “There was an enemy relationship between the natural forest and the community,” explains eucalyptus farmer, Munir Adem.

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