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Revival of Mout Guna- a home for flora & fauna

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ORDA financed by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has been implementing a magnificent development project to protect erosion & land degradation of Mt. Guna which bisects Estie, Lay Gayint & Farta districts in Amhara region of Ethiopia.


Among beneficiaries of the project, farmer Mihret Amare a resident at Aka Bet kebele in Lay Gayint claimed their life is highly interlinked with Mount Guna. Due to alteration of the Mout to farm land and overgrazing, exposed it for erosion & farmers in the area has been in trouble. Hence, crop and animal productivity diminished. This time, ORDA funded by CEPF started a pioneer project to conserve biodiversity of the Guna area.

Community Based Biodiversity Conservation in Mt. Guna project was launched in February 2015 with a total budget of USD 145,000 dollars. The project vividly achieved significant impacts. Major contributions of the project are:

  • 4, 615 hectares of Mt. Guna is protected & its ecosystem functioned.
  • Number of flora & fauna species increased. Overgrazing stopped & degraded areas rehabilitated. Hence, festuka, erica & thyme started to regenerate. 
  • Mt. Guna will become one of tourist attraction sites in the area in the near future.
  • Institutionalization of Guna conservation office that will sustainably conserve a wider area.

The project also supplied beneficiaries improved potato, apple & hope seedlings and played pivotal role for food security and livelihood improvement. 

The future is bright to the community of Mout Guna as the area is a home for many species of plants & wild animals. The surrounding farmers will benefit from the smokeless tourism industry in the near future.

Photo credit: Hailu Minale -Lecturer and Coordinator for Guna Tana Integrated Field Research and Development Center at D/Tabor University.

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