Benefits from the Establishment of the Park


Benefits from the Establishment of the Park

Sustainable Development
The biodiversity in the Entoto Natural Park will improve by new plantings of indigenous vegetation. The existing natural plants will reproduce themselves and grow once the Eucalyptus has been replaced and a couple of rainy seasons have washed the toxins in the soil down the hill. There is much to be gained from transforming the plantations of Entoto into a natural park, both economically, biologically, and for the citizens' well-being.


A Regrowth of Native Vegetation
Indigenous trees and the Australian
 Eucalyptus tree and its Ancient Legacy
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 as a final result of soil with an infiltration capacity well above today's situation. A balance is a vital purpose between the constraints of the landscape and the land use by man, there spontaneously, and by 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).


Cautious 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 juniper forest, how this kind of native woodland is built up and which plants belong to the Ethiopian identity. Gradually, the native forest will mature and become a green lung that will improve the air for the citizens of Addis Ababa.


The Environmental danger of the Foreign trees.  
Due to these shortcomings in the water preserving capacity of the Eucalyptus plantation, it cannot counterbalance the uneven distribution of rain. The result is often torrential flooding in the down-slope areas, in this case, the northern district of Addis Ababa. In August 1994, it created a fatal danger because of such 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 a category 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.
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. Tourists (mainly international) will enjoy the view of Addis, a visit to the restaurant during a hot afternoon and the calmness of the juniper forest.  (HÃ¥kan Blanck and Pia Englund, Entoto Natural Park 1995). 



The healing capacity of an indigenous forest

The natural health and fertile beauty in this indigenous Juniper forest (40) illuminates 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.

The importance of careful research regarding knowledge in natural science is here given a severe and evident example before any foreign species is regarded as possible for an introduction into an unfamiliar and very possibly vulnerable habitat.


Water to the Capital

Aquifers and Technology

The Valuable Knowledge of Antiquity.

Knowing 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.




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.



Clean Water with Native Ethiopian Trees

Erosion: Because there is no ground cover beneath the Eucalyptus trees, the only thing to hold the soil is the web of roots of the trees. The soil-holding capacity of Eucalyptus is very moderate compared with the trees initially covering the slopes of Entoto. 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 as a final result of soil with an infiltration capacity well above today's situation. A balance has been reached between the constraints of the landscape and the land use by man, there spontaneously, and by the introduction of new animals will enrich the present wildlife.

Entoto Park (Z)

Bees' Cliff 14 assists by the wide map
 loop surrounding points 36 and 41-42
Activities and Recreation
Overwhelming in the impressions of accommodations, Entoto Park's (Z) entertaining activities 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 actual 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.

Thus this magnificent view of Entoto's mountain massif's original nature, allure with its proximity to the secrets of nature's phenomenon and here delivers this unique opportunity to explore. Concealed within the foundation of the world's ground pillars fulfils the essential purpose of creating an eager will for learning. 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 add 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 dog (dingo).

Many nature enthusiasts indeed 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 in 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 hemisphere or the honey badger in the southern hemisphere can be regarded as similar to this problem in its subjugation to the multitude of herd hunting dogs and their human companions.

However, unlike Thylacine, the wolverine and honey badger has had an evolutionary development time of aeons as a sharply tempered backbone in its 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, besides, not too sudden or debilitating meetings in the power struggle with an overwhelming counterpart.

The sudden encounter with humans and their hunting dogs and wild canine flocks was likely overwhelming for the genetically unprepared marsupial Thylacine. The time was not enough 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 both 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.

 There is an opportunity to exchange knowledge between Australia and Ethiopia, where plants and animals could require protected areas in the 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 natural sciences.

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.


Ethiopian Heritage Trust (UK)

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