- The destruction of an Impressive Natural Forest (and declared reserve!) -
and means to prevent that.
That the forest is an officially declared reserve does visibly not stop infringements.
At the edge of the forest on the Arba Gugu mountains we see what happens to those forests: they are being converted into agricultural land.
In opposition to the widely shared opinion of the government and the NGOs (nature protection) - sustainable use would be THE mean to save this forest.
A careful, single-tree harvest, limited to a buffer zone of let's say 4000 out of the 8000 ha, would produce sufficient wood, work and income (!) for all families in the surrounding communities. Being able to live from the forest -what reason would they have to convert and destroy it?
As the situation is at present, the prescious wood of Hagenya, Celtis, Cordia, Juniperus and Podocarpus is either straight away burned - or in the best case - used for local construction and to make fences! But - in spite of the local overproduction of precious woods - the goverment, with international assistance, sees the solution not in establishing local processing and marketing facilities - but in plantations of fast growing Cupressus lusitanica ....