Achemo, Mesfin

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Mesfin Achemo
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    Research Interests

    • Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services
    • Global Change & Sustainable Development
    • Landscape and ecological planning
    • Remote sensing and GIS
    • Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes


    • Ph.D. in Environmental Planning, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2018)
    • MSc in Geoinformation Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2011)
    • BA degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Gondar, Ethiopia (2008)

    Biographical Statement

    Mesfin Sahle Achemo is a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow at UNU-IAS. His research interests include geospatial analysis, ecosystem services quantification and mapping, food security, climate change mitigation, landscape planning, and scenario development. Dr. Mesfin has published research outputs in peered review journals. His Ph.D. research focused on quantification and mapping of the supply of and demand for ecosystem services for landscape planning. During the fellowship period, he is conducting a research project on sustainable management of socio-ecological landscape for enhancing ecosystem service provisions in Ethiopia.


    • 2019 – till, JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNU-IAS.
    • 2012 – 2019, Assistant Professor/Lecturer/ Researcher at Wolkite University, Ethiopia.
    • 2011 – 2012, GIS Officer/Researcher, Information Network Security Agency, Ethiopia.
    • 2009 – 2010, Geoinformation Expert, Ethiopian Geoinformation Institute, Ethiopia.

  • Articles

    • Sahle M., Saito O. Mapping and characterizing the Jefoure roads that have cultural heritage values in
      the Gurage socio-ecological production landscape of Ethiopia, Landscape and Urban Planning, 210,
      2021, 104078, ISSN 0169-2046,
    • Sahle, M., Saito, O., Fürst, C., Yeshitela, K. Quantifying and mapping of water-related ecosystem
      services for enhancing the nexus of food-water-energy security in data-sparse regions of tropics. Sci.
      Total Environ. 646, 573-586, 2019.
    • Sahle, M., Yeshitela, K. Dynamics of land use land cover change and its drivers in the Wabe River
      catchment of Gurage Mountains. RSASE 12, 48-56, 2018.
    • Sahle, M., Fürst, C., Yeshitela, K. Plant diversity analysis for conservation of Afromontane vegetation
      in the socio-ecological mountain landscape of Gurage, South Central Ethiopia. International Journal of
      Biodiversity and Conservation, 10, 3, 2018.
    • Sahle, M., Saito, O., Fürst, C., Demissew, S., Yeshitela, K. Future land use management effects on
      ecosystem services under different scenarios in the Wabe River Catchment of Gurage Mountain chain
      landscape, Ethiopia. Sustain. Sci. (Special feature), 2018.
    • Sahle, M., Yeshitela, K., Saito, O. Mapping the supply and demand of Enset crop to improve food
      security in Southern Ethiopia. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 38, 7, 2018.
    • Sahle, M., Saito, O., Fürst, C., Yeshitela, K. Quantification and mapping of the supply of and demand
      for carbon storage and sequestration service in woody biomass and soil to mitigate climate change in
      the socio-ecological environment. Sci. Total Environ. 624, 342–354, 2018.