Exclosures as Primary Option for Reforestation in Dogu’a Tembien
The Tigray region has won the UN-backed Future Policy Gold Award in 2017 by demonstrating that “the more people, the less erosion” can be a reality. Behind this success story stands a long-term policy with large-scale investments in soil and water conservation, exclosures and reforestation. Exclosures are areas where trees and vegetation can naturally regenerate, and from which livestock and uncontrolled woodcutting are excluded; they are commonly found on steep degraded slopes. In Dogu’a Tembien, these exclosures are often managed under village bylaws and can deliver ample non-timber forest products, such as honey and frankincense.
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