The inscription of the Gedeo cultural landscape is a global diplomatic recognition for Ethiopia’s commitment to preserving natural and cultural heritages, according to ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Recall that the UNESCO has this weekend inscribed the Gedeo Cultural Landscape in the World Heritage List. This is the 100th inscription in Africa and the 10th in Ethiopia.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the inscription of the Gedeo cultural landscape is a global diplomatic recognition for Ethiopia’s commitment to preserving natural and cultural heritages.
The inscription also holds immense significance for its people, acknowledging their generations-long dedication to preserving their unique culture, the ministry pointed out.
It further said Ethiopia is deeply committed to safeguarding its cultural and natural diversity, as well as respecting the environment. Gedeo's equilibrium between humanity and nature serves as a valuable lesson for the world.
In accordance with the Rules and Procedures of the Convention, the Ethiopian government reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to preserve this exceptional heritage, which will greatly benefit present and future generations in Ethiopia.
With its breathtaking landscapes, including majestic mountains, lush valleys with dense forests, and fertile agricultural land, Gedeo has been instrumental in the development of sustainable agricultural practices and unique land management systems, it was indicated.
These efforts have contributed to the preservation of an exceptional ecosystem and remarkable biodiversity.
Gedeo's sacred forests are home to numerous endemic and indigenous Ethiopian flora, as well as more than 2,000 ancient megaliths marking graves dating back to the first millennium of the Common Era.
What makes this site truly exceptional is the harmonious relationship between society and nature that flourishes here, according to the Ministry.
The people of Gedeo not only respect but also protect nature as a fundamental part of their lives. In contrast to the typical scenario where population growth leads to environmental degradation, in Gedeo, it leads to afforestation - "More People, More Trees."
Gedeo's agroforestry system is self-sustaining and guided by culturally ingrained knowledge and practices. Beneath the forest canopies, a unique vertical cultivation system thrives, protected by the traditional institutions of the Gedeo people, Songo and Mangano, who are the guardians of the forest.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency