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Protection and sustainable use of natural resources : biodiversity (Ethiopia)


Titre Protection and sustainable use of natural resources : biodiversity (Ethiopia)

Pays : Ethiopie

Durée : 2019 to 2021

Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Agence d’exécution : Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC)

In order to maintain levels of biodiversity, the Government of Ethiopia has designated 14 per cent of the country’s territory as protected areas. For example, according to official figures, 350 million seedlings were planted in one day in July 2019. Often, however, less than half of seedlings survive the first two years after being planted. Responsibility for managing the forested land and nature conservation areas is spread across multiple national and regional authorities at different levels. Laws and regulations are interpreted differently and are therefore not being properly implemented.

Objectifs  : The relevant national authorities and regional governments successfully implement strategies and measures for the conservation and sustainable use of protected areas and forests, thus improving the living conditions of the local population.

The project strengthens the institutions responsible for protecting the biodiversity and forests of Ethiopia through capacity building and technical advice. Following an initial project phase (from 2015 to 2019), the second phase is focusing its work on three national parks and one biosphere reserve in two regions in Ethiopia. The project supports the local park administration in building more efficient management systems. Moreover, opportunities for the local population to earn an income are also being created, for example in the beekeeping sector and in the production of fruit and spices. In the long term, this will allow the people to benefit from the ecological and economic services provided by intact forested areas. These include the storage of water, protection against erosion, improvement of soil quality and the production of wood and non-wood products. In the long run, there is a chance to reduce the country’s dependence on timber imports.

Présentation : GIZ

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