Socio-economic value of forest products for rural communities in Ethiopia

20 Jun 2017

In Ethiopia, many rural communities have for centuries lived in and around vegetation areas and they make use of timber and non-timber forest products in their livelihoods. The use of forest products adds a crucial dimension to a diversified livelihood base of most rural households that is necessary for daily subsistence, and reducing vulnerability. In line with this UNDP and UNEP believes that there is a need to assist the government efforts to ensure that there is sustainable forest resource management and development programmes in order to maintain and enhance the future flow of economic benefits to forest resources dependent people without damaging the natural resource system.

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