Sustainable Development of the Protected Area System in Ethiopia (SDPASE)
What is the project about
The project aims to support the government in effectively safeguarding Ethiopia’s biodiversity, ecosystems and ecological processes from human induced pressures.
The first stage focuses on developing capacity and integrating the protected area system into Ethiopia’s development plans at the federal level. Conducting a gap analysis of the existing wildlife policy and legislation and providing recommendations for revisions is part of UNDP’s engagement in helping the government to build appropriate policy, regulatory and governance frameworks.
UNDP is also assisting the government in strengthening the management and financing of selected protected areas and promoting co-management with local communities to maximize effectiveness and economic benefits.
The second stage of the project seeks to replicate the successful protected area management systems.
What have we accomplished so far
· The existing wildlife policy and strategy reviewed
· Wildlife marketing strategy created
· Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) scores of 10 protected areas improved
· Eight protected areas legally gazetted and the gazette management of the rest in progress
· Six different knowledge products created:
o Economic and business study,
o Gap analysis,
o Carbon study,
o Study on Abijata-Shalla Lakes National Park,
o Assessment of Factors Driving Environmental Change for Management Decision-Making, and
o Analysis of hunting industry
· Mapping the protected areas in progress:
o Overview map of Ethiopia
o Maps of Gambella, Awash and NechSar
Who Finances it?
Financing for this project is provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).