Beekeeping project in Masha

Project status: Project existing, to be implemented by SimienEcoTours

Year after year ten to twenty million hectares of tropical forest disappear in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia by deforestation or fire clearing. The dangers posed by the destruction of tropical forests are existential, physical and ethical.
Global warming and pollution of air and water will not be stopped without healthy forests. Disease, hunger, destruction of biodiversity, riots and wars would be the consequences.

Therefore, to effectively counter these negative influences, in February 1997, a politically and religious unbound profit initiative for the protection and conservation of tropical forests was founded. People of different nationalities and disciplines fromed the organisation "ENAT AFER e.V." in Göttingen, Germany.

Background of the club foundation is to battle against the vicious circle: the destruction of nature, poverty, famine, lack of education, flight of people from developing countries. The climate of the affected regions of the world as well as soil fertility depend on healthy rainforests, but also the climate in the European countries can not be isolated from such destructive influences. Conversely, European governments have the possiblity to stop the destruction of tropical forests by commercial enterprises for tea/coffee plantations, cattle production, gold prospecting and oil production.

The establishment of a beekeeping school in Masha is a particularly suitable project to link ecological, economic and development policy objectives with each other. At the same time Enat Afer wants to convey the relationship between nature and human livelihoods in beekeeping school. Beekeeping School will be expanded to a long-term cultural and environmental protection center for residents living in the area. Their task is to inform the locals about possible reforestation, promotion of medicinal plants production, the traditional agricultural cultivation methods, and if they prove to be environmentally friendly, their preservation and promotion. Also adapted for application to wood-saving technologies (e.g. biogas plants, solar energy, earth construction) should be encouraged.
All citizens in Ethiopia but also in foreign countries can be involved by exchanging information, membership, associate membership and donations, voluntary participation in the association's work, support projects for the preservation of the forest in Ethiopia.

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