Producer: Volker Angres
Director: Alex Gomille
Country: Ethiopia | World Premiere
The biodiversity of our planet is threatened like never before. Habitats and endangered wildlife disappear. But once the ecosystems are severely damaged, they can no longer produce clean water, fertile soil or fresh air - basic things we need for our own survival, too.
"The Value of Biodiversity - Ethiopia" investigates Bale Mountains National Park in southern Ethiopia, the largest Afroalpine habitat left on earth. It is home to the largest surviving population of Ethiopian wolves and the rare mountain nyala. Both species are extremely rare and confined to the highlands of Ethiopia. The mountain slopes are covered by a wonderful cloud forest, which is vital for the water regime of the whole region. Droplets form small creeks which in turn converge to large rivers, supplying millions of people with water. But the forest is under threat, the flow of the rivers become irregular, causing drought and famine downstream. The shrinking wildlife populations are just once sign that the ecosystems are slowly collapsing.
The disappearance of endangered species like the Ethiopian wolf might not affect us in Europe. But they are signs that ecosystems are no longer functioning: systems which work as a global network and on which we depend for the air we breathe, for healthy food, for clean water. Conservation is no luxury. The basis of our very existence is at stake