Benefits from the Establishment of the Park

Benefits from the Establishment of the Park

A beautiful Memory that Attracts Modern Science and Art.

With glowing passion and warmth, it is still spoken among the residents of Entoto about when the water level a reasonable time after the rainy season still stood one metre higher. It is thus quite close to the time when Entoto's mountain massif and its canyons could carry significantly higher water quantity and therefore supply the population in the Capital with fresh water to a much greater extent. This beautiful memory is still very vivid today, with the profound history of Entoto's rock-sheltered streams and enchanting nature rock baths.

Sustainable Development

The restoration of Ethiopia's native vegetation and the transformation by the liberation from the foreign intruders' Eucalyptus plantations prevail as highly crucial. On Entoto's mountain massif, this critical restoration of nature's stability and resilience remains essential for the country's natural foundation, thereby the well-being of the citizen. The biodiversity,  by new plantings of indigenous vegetation, thus serves the population economically and biologically by improved climate and clean water accessibility. Restoring Entoto Natural Park's original nature will allow the Capital to significantly increase the amount of the much-demanded drinking water. Hence, a much-required and substantial water supply is harboured for the Capital due to new reinforcement effects from plantings of indigenous vegetation and thus serves the population's requirements for health and progress. Therefore, except for the highly demanded continuous plantation of indigenous seedlings, the existing natural plants will reproduce and grow once the Eucalyptus has been replaced. After this highly demanding work requires a couple of rainy seasons, thoroughly wash away the tactical Eucalyptus toxins in the soil down the hill.

The Environment, Culture and Prosperity
A Regrowth of Native Vegetation

When the new indigenous forest has grown for some years and action has been taken to halt the erosion, the risk of flooding will be eliminated due to the reinforcement of indigenous roots and soil with a water infiltration capacity well above today's situation. A balance is vital between the constraints of the landscape and the land use by man, there spontaneously, and the introduction of new animals will enrich the present wildlife.

The International Commitment for Nature & Environment.
It is an urgent task to preserve such declining natural resources as the remaining wild forests in Ethiopia. Creating a scientific front to implement sustainability of the Entoto Natural Park will be in line with Agenda 21 (document signed at the Rio Conference upon the need to economize with the natural resources on earth).

Careful considerations and opportunities in (1995)

Once Established, the Entoto Natural Park will serve as a vital demonstration of how the mountain ridge around Addis Ababa used to be covered by the Indigenous Juniperus procera and how this unique type of native Ethiopian nature obtains its required restoration. Furthermore, this retrospective consideration delivers a necessary scientific background for studies by confirming the importance of the international scientific matter of the environment. Hence, this critical worldwide commitment becomes elucidated and enriched by restoring Ethiopia's native woodland, thereby delivering the natural background to why the foreign Eucalyptus forest is replaced. Thus, a historical landscape is restored by building up the ground with plants belonging to the Ethiopian identity and repairing the soil's stability that was lost in centuries of erosion. Gradually, the native forest will mature and become a green lung that will improve the air for the citizens of Addis Ababa. 

Background: Due to these damaging effects of the foreign implanted tree and its shortcomings, the water-preserving capacity of this Eucalyptus plantation cannot counterbalance the regular seasonal, uneven distribution of rain. The result is regrettably a massive water loss in uncontrollable torrential flooding, inundating the down-slope areas, in this case, the northern district of Addis Ababa. In August 1994, it created a fatal danger because of overwhelming and sudden flooding.

Clean Air & Clean Water

A Source of Health For the Capital

The indigenous Podocarpus falcatus tree
A Natural Place for Weekends and Studies
Experience of the Ethiopian Nature and Science Beauty A National Park near Addis Ababa will attract many people every season. School children will be actively using the Park for environmental education purposes (or to find a peaceful spot to do the homework. Restaurants and amenities at Entoto Kidane Mehret (1) and Entoto Maryam (43): Accommodation and Food Services

A Captivating Protectorate for Weekends and Tourism.
Tourists (mainly international) will enjoy the view of Addis, a visit to the restaurant on a hot afternoon and the calmness of the juniper forest. Regular citizens of the Capital will come mainly at weekends. Still, visiting parks in Addis Ababa is a cultural habit, so visitors are expected to be high on Saturdays and Sundays.  (Håkan Blanck and Pia Englund, Entoto Natural Park 1995). 

The Healing Capacity of an Indigenous Forest

Due to the foreign intruder's damaging impact on the county's original nature, the species eucalyptus tree elucidates the importance of careful research regarding knowledge in natural science before any alien species is regarded as possible for introduction into a potentially vulnerable habitat. The natural health and fertile beauty in this indigenous Juniper forest illuminate with precision the healing ability of a native forest and the severe nature and habitat destruction that occurred at the introduction of the Eucalyptus tree. Due to these shortcomings in the water preserving capacity of the Eucalyptus plantation, it cannot counterbalance the uneven distribution of rain. This eucalyptus poisoning of the ground creates a devastating water-rejecting fabric of the upper soil layer, all too often followed by torrential flooding in the down-slope areas, in this case, a seasonal risk for the northern district of Addis Ababa. Hence, scientifically based actions against erosion prevail as crucial; otherwise, these erosive forces from torrential deluges constitute an overwhelming danger of sudden floodings.

Water to the Capital

Aquifers and Technology

The Valuable Knowledge of Antiquity.

The Knowledge of these natural aquifers and their synergies with water technologies is a highly valued historical legacy of antiquity.  In their context, they are a well-known concept that helps to understand that a mighty mountain massif that receives abundant and regular precipitation with chilly temperatures also provides the conditions for harbouring this water.

Underground Reservoirs.

Historically and very early developed technical and geological-based methods for managing and saving enormous amounts of water are often technically complex and aesthetically exquisite. The methods of this water technology vary significantly between different cultures and continents. Still, in history's legacy, they are the basis of the most decisive and original technological achievements for ancient civilizations and their ability to progress in today's high-tech* development.

A Heritage with Tremendous Potential

In ancient times, Ethiopia's considerable rainwater resources were not so contradictory, and the reason was mainly the abundant natural vegetation of Ethiopia's highlands. This original vegetation functioned as countless efficient, water-delivering pipes, seasonally directing the great deluges into Ethiopia's thick soil layers and the deeper groundwater reservoirs. This native Ethiopian vegetation served as a highly effective physical barrier, blocking the country's water masses from rushing down the country's slopes in the direction of Egypt. Furthermore, the same native vegetation was in the past the natural source of why this water was prevented from draining in short bursts of violent torrents and thus prevented a shortage of groundwater during long periods of drought. This seasonal water flows over the Ethiopian Highlands were then historically and even more pre-historically infiltrating the deluges into soil permeability and vertically delivered this mass of purified water to be stored as natural groundwater within ancient aquifers. Hence, the fabric of these original vegetation's roots and soil functioned as countless efficient feeding pipes of deluges directed into Ethiopia's thick soil layers and the country's mountain massifs' aquifers. 

The Lost Secrets of Antiquity

The Environment and Human's Future
with the Lost Knowledge from Antiquity

Although this Italian ruin was built in today's decaying concrete, the renovation of this mountain fortress (38) - (B) can stimulate an excellent foundation for a historical discovery of the lost recipe for Roman concrete. Although this historical concrete's millennia-old secrets still prevail as a crucial investigation of international laboratories, its deepest secrets persist. This potential rediscovery of ancient concrete with this lost high technology and historical treasure from antiquity would then offer a scientific study of Roman technology within an educational project. 

Clean Water with Native Ethiopian Trees

Erosion: Because there is no ground cover beneath the foreign tactical poisoning from Eucalyptus trees, the only thing to hold the soil prevails in these alien trees' sporadically and sparsely occurring web of roots. Thereby the soil-holding capacity of Eucalyptus is very moderate compared with the indigenous trees initially covering the slopes of Entoto. Hence, when the new indigenous forest has grown for some years and action has been taken to halt the erosion, the risk of flooding will be eliminated due to healthy and robust soil with a water infiltration capacity well above today's situation. A balance and even symbiosis are intended between nature's unique demands of the indigenous species and the land use by man. Hence, this positive synergy creates a foundation for the population's health and thereby stimulates the positive side effect of a restored landscape where the original nature spontaneously introducing new animals will enrich the present wildlife.

The Torrential Rains and Erosion
The Australian Tree in Ethiopia
A chemical component in the leaves and roots of Eucalyptus trees prevents the growth of both other trees and herbs. This chemical component leads to a monoculture with Eucalyptus as the only tree species and eventually no ground cover.

This chemical component causes severe erosion, easily observed in the water running through Addis in connection with the rainy seasons. For every rain period, the layer of fertile soil gets thinner. If nothing is done now, there will be nothing left for new vegetation in a couple of years, and the erosion will be irreversible.

The Water Creation of Natur's Foundation

What seems too complicated to describe in standard terms can sometimes be given a simple parable opportunity. In short, a few stones is nothing of a hinder for a flowing torrent but very well by a firmly anchored uniform stone construction. Consequently, the few randomly placed rocks are lost in futile hardships, crunching the labourer by sweat and thirst in toil's despair and poverty. In contrast, the opposite is usually the case with the anchored unit and its amounts of valuable dammed water at hand to use when the drought occurs. Of course, the natural forest consists of many complex biological phenomena with countless plants and organisms in a symbiotic relationship that has a highly ancient evolutionary origin as water protectors for the environment. Therefore, the water-retaining properties of the mountain massifs' highland in synergy with endemic vegetation and its trees can be considered and scientifically analyzed with considerable help from the methods used for highly complex dam constructions.

Entoto Park (Z)

Bees' Cliff 14 assists by the comprehensive map
 loop surrounding points 36 and 41-42
Activities and Recreation
Overwhelming in the impressions of accommodations, Entoto Park's (Z) entertaining activities are extensively within art and culture facilities. In many respects, Entoto Park (Z) offers a wide area for any taste or interest where the relaxing activities within Park capture the family's need for dramatic adventures. Yet, and even more, this Park is a serene and golden gateway, intriguing and alluring, stimulating to explore the Ethiopian Highland's still unknown riddles of its elusive and majestic wilderness.

Concealed within the foundation of the world's ground pillars, the mountain's true drama fulfils the essential purpose of creating an eager will for learning. Thus this magnificent view of Entoto's mountain massif's original nature, allure with its proximity to the secrets of nature's phenomenon, delivers this unique opportunity to explore. This irresistible academy of the evolutionary past appears thanks to the Park's grande surroundings of the facilities where the critical and forgotten legacy of humankind's fundamental mechanisms becomes well accommodated with these cosy, family-friendly restaurants and activities.

International Retrospective

Tasmanian tiger, Tasmanian wolf  (Thylacine)
The Hope for Future with Wildlife.
It may seem irresponsible and even entirely insane to introduce plants that provide a decisive opportunity for environmental destruction. However, the most affected or harshly exposed country regarding the introduction of foreign wildlife is maybe Australia, with its reasonably recently introduced Western civilization.

Huge Capital Losses - Wild Foreign Animals.
This Western culture succeeded by naive short-sightedness during its short time in Australia to adding animals that have entailed and brought extreme trouble in many fields and problematic consequences for many sections of the Australian society.

The Indicated Background to the Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger ( Thylacine).
Perhaps one of the worst offences and acts of insanity was the official extinction of the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf (Thylacine). This unique animal was officially eradicated from Tasmania during the first half of the 20th century and had previously the same destiny on the Australian mainland with the help of the Aboriginal Australians, probably in unintentional actions but nevertheless caused by the consequences of the introduction of wild dogs (dingo).

Many nature enthusiasts wonder why this very athletic and beautiful predator could not survive the onslaught of humans and dingo. The probably most prudent answer to this obvious question is that it wasn't enough time and required too radical genetic evolutionary changes regarding the marsupial Thylacine's demanded DNA. In short, explained, it wasn't enough time for this solitary or pair living marsupial animal to evolve into a formidable close combat fighter in its lone struggle against the combined power of man and its pack-hunting canine predators. The predator wolverine in the northern or the Honeybadger in the southern hemisphere certainly appears to have a similar ecological basic pattern to Thylacine. However, the habitat of Honeybadger and Wolverine has a very long prehistory with many herd hunting dogs and their human companions.

Therefore, unlike Thylacine, the wolverine and honey badger have had an evolutionary development time of aeons as a sharply tempered backbone in their battle against pack-hunting dogs, wolves and humans. Due to this genetic development through combat with humans, domestic dogs and wild canines, the wolverine and honey badger have obtained small and regular genetically enhanced survival-controlled fighting and behavioural traits. However, these genetically evolving countermeasures usually require a very long time to develop and not too sudden or debilitating meetings in the power struggle with an overwhelming counterpart.

The sudden encounter with humans, their hunting dogs, and wild canine flocks was likely overwhelming for the genetically unprepared marsupial Thylacine. The time was insufficient for Thylacine to develop genetic sequences against the new and unexpected threats, which demanded too many changes within its DNA of behaviour and strategies. However, it is neither without doubt nor utterly confident that the marsupial Thylacine is entirely extinct. Some areas in Tasmania are relatively inaccessible and mostly lack pack-hunting canine animals and human presence, so there is still a possibility for a few unknown elusive marsupials. Also, several eyewitnesses consider themselves witnesses to this animal's existence, even on the Australian mainland.

Research Regarding the Resurrection of Extinct Species.
There is an opportunity to exchange knowledge between Australia and Ethiopia, where plants and animals could require protected areas in previously devastated habitats. This follows a unique possibility for exchange between countries' expertise and unique habitats with even the possible reintroduction of extinct or vulnerable species. These previous mistakes would thus become a foundation for scientific development and probably a great asset by increasing knowledge within the natural sciences' exciting analysis.

Furthermore, tissues remain in laboratories from this and other lost animals, so it may be possible in the future to resurrect and introduce this and other animals to their original habitats.


Valuable trees and shrubs for Ethiopia:

Identification, Propagation and

 Management for 17 Agroclimatic Zones

Azene Bekele-Tesemma

Edited by
Bo Tengnäs, Ensermu Kelbesa, Sebsibe Demissew and Patrick Maundu

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