The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Forests and Economic Development: The Case of Traditional Ecological Management
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Goodin, David K.
Remnant Afromontane forests in northern Ethiopia are under threat from development pressures both within Ethiopia and from international interests. These biodiversity hotspots are currently protected by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC), which views the forests as sacred. The academic literature is divided on how to provide food security in this drought-prone nation. This article examines these tensions in the academic literature before turning to the eco-theology of the Ethiopian Orthodox, which both protects these forest fragments and strengthens the communitarianism of traditional Ethiopian society. A case is then made for the continued management of these forests by the EOTC.|Keywords: food security, eco-theology, sustainability, famine, Orthodox Christianity
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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