Valorization of ecosystem services from exclosures in the Tembien Highlands (Ethiopia)

January 2018 to December 2019
Tembien Highlands
land degradation
climate change
Mekelle University (Ethiopia)
Research fields
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Forest cover is key to tackle land degradation in relation to climate change. North Ethiopian exclosures deliver ecosystem services such as increased groundwater and carbon, and can deliver non-timber forest products (honey, incense) to the local population. Yet, the significant potential of carbon sequestration schemes and non-timber forest production remains largely untapped. After the success of an initial pilot project (EthioTrees), the aim of this project is to estimate and expand the valorization potential of ecosystem services from exclosures in the Tembien Highlands. The project will analyse different ecosystem services (soil carbon, biomass and green water) and estimate their potential for involvement in voluntary carbon credit schemes. The project will also investigate whether sustainable essential oil production can increase the cash income of landless farmers. More info here or