Sustainable Development of the Protected Area System in Ethiopia (SDPASE)

What is the project about

   The Bale Mountains National Park is located 400 km south- east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and is one of Africa’s largest protected land habitat area. The 2,200 Km2 Park was established in 1970 to conserve wildlife species and other important natural resources, which include 1660 different plant species, one-third of which are endemic to Ethiopia and 177 are unique to the Bale Mountains National Park.

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

   Semen Mountain: Jagged mountain peaks (4,430 M at Ras Dashin, the second highest point in Africa), deep valleys and precipices as deep as 1,500 meters provide refuge for extremely rare species such as the Walia ibex, Simien wolf and the Chelada baboon.

·       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).

Delivery in previous fiscal year

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