In the highlands of Ethiopia, American scientist Meg Lowman is working with local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie to protect ancient church forests. Ranging in size from five acres to more than 1,000, some of Ethiopia’s church forests are more than fifteen hundred years old.

The ancient forests are said to be necklaces around the church, and the tree canopy is believed to prevent prayers from being lost to the sky.

 

See the full article by Lori Robinson, and beautiful photos by ©Raïsa Mirza originally published in Africa Geographic Magazine.