May Genet (exclosure)

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May Genet exclosure
Map showing the location of May Genet exclosure
Map showing the location of May Genet exclosure
Dogu’a Tembien district, Ethiopia
Nearest cityHagere Selam
Coordinates13°34′44″N 39°16′16″E / 13.579°N 39.271°E / 13.579; 39.271Coordinates: 13°34′44″N 39°16′16″E / 13.579°N 39.271°E / 13.579; 39.271
Area60 ha (150 acres)

May Genet is an

Dogu'a Tembien woreda of the Tigray Region in Ethiopia. The area has been protected since 2010 by the local community.[1]


  • 2010: established as exclosure by the community
  • 2017: support by the EthioTrees project

Environmental characteristics[1]

  • Area: 60 ha
  • Average slope gradient: 33%
  • Aspect: the exclosure is oriented towards the west
  • Minimum altitude: 2145 metres
  • Maximum altitude: 2228 metres
  • Lithology: Antalo Limestone


As a general rule, cattle ranging and wood harvesting are not allowed. The grasses are harvested once yearly and taken to the homesteads of the village to feed livestock. Physical soil and water conservation has been implemented to enhance infiltration, and vegetation growth. There are two guards to protect the exclosure. Field observations showed that however some illegal grazing occurred in the exclosure in 2018.[1]

Benefits for the community

Setting aside such areas fits with the long-term vision of the communities were hiza’iti lands are set aside for use by the future generations. It has also direct benefits for the community:[2]

  • improved
    ground water
  • honey production
  • climate ameliorator (temperature, moisture)
  • the sequestered carbon (in total 69 tonnes per ha, dominantly sequestered in the soil, and additionally in the woody vegetation)[1] is certified using the Plan Vivo voluntary carbon standard,[3] after which carbon credits are sold
  • the revenues are then reinvested in the villages, according to the priorities of the communities; it may be for an additional class in the village school, a water pond, or conservation in the exclosure.[4]


With vegetation growth, biodiversity in this exclosure hast strongly improved: there is more varied vegetation and



  1. ^ a b c d e De Deyn, Jonathan (2019). Benefits of reforestation on Carbon storage and water infiltration in the context of climate mitigation in North Ethiopia. Master thesis, Ghent University.
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  3. ^ EthioTrees on Plan Vivo website
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