The Desa’a Forest is one of the oldest remaining dry Afromontane forests and the largest of its kind in Tigrai. It is listed as a global biodiversity hotspot and a priority area for conservation by the government.
This region is also known as the Cradle of Humanity and forms the last green barrier against the expanding desert.
Only 10% of the original forest is still relatively dense. These are areas that are either sacred or inaccessible and have therefore been preserved from illegal logging and grazing.