|Categories||Biodiversity, Forests, Plants|
|Date||15 Aug 2018|
This study will be conducted in Menz Gera District in the environs of Menz Guassa mountain area located in the central highlands of Ethiopia. Menz Gera District is located in North Shewa Zone, Amhara National Regional State of Ethiopia. It is 282 km northeast of the national capital, Addis Ababa; 149 km North of Debre Birhan, the capital of North Shewa. Mehal Meda town is the administrative and capital city of Menz Gera District.
Guassa community conserved area is the main reason for this study due to its presence of plant diversity and longtime services to the local community. Menz Guassa mountain area is 17 km from Mehal Meda to the main way of Debre Birhan. It lies at latitude 100 15’ - 10’’ 27’N and longitude 39045’ - 39’’ 49’E. Its total area is 100 km2, and its altitude ranges from 3200 to 3700 m a.s.l.
The second reason to this study is the remnant natural forests in the district which are Yegana natural forest from the Blue Nile (Abay) river watershed and Sregedel and Chigure natural forest from Awash River watershed are rich in floristic composition with high natural and anthropogenic pressure for their sustainability. All the remnant natural patch forests are found near Guassa Menz community conservation area belt as they were part of this community conserved area before detaching and they are homes to much floral and faunal diversity.
Juniperus procera, Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata, Ekebergia capensis, Allophylus abyssinicus Podocarpus falcatus Erica arborea, Thymus schimperi, Kniphofia foliosa, Helichrysum splendidum, and Lobelia rhynchopetalum are the most common plant species in the study area. Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), Gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada), Abyssinian hare (Lepus starcki) and Ankober serin bird (Serinus ankoberensis) are the endemic large mammal fauna found in the study area.
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