Building Capacity to conserve Ethiopia’s Forestry to promote livelihoods & protect biodiversity

Oct 5, 2015

UNDP Country Director, Mr. Samuel Bwalya (far right) joins (Left to right) Mr. Anders Vatn, counsellor at the Embassy of Norway, and Minister Belete Tafere, Ministry of Environment and Forest

The Ministry of Environment and Forest  has partnered with UNDP and Norway and to launch a three-year (2015-2019) US$ 22 million programme that  will help tackle the need for institutional strengthening to develop Ethiopia’s forest sector.   

The programme focuses on developing, conserving and sustainably utilizing forests in order to enhance the national economy while at the same time mitigatating and adapting to climate change.

The programme will also contribute to Ethiopia meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 15 that deals with ensuring sustainable life on the land.

Speaking on behalf of Norway, Mr. Anders Vatn, Counsellor and Special Envory on Forest and Climate at the embassy in Addis, noted that the new project is the most advanced form of support that his country is providing Ethiopia, following  initial support around climate mitigation action in 2014, which has since expanded to other environment priority areas such as agriculture and now forestry.

Minister Belete Tafere noted that protecting and rehabilitating forest land will help Ethiopia to become more vibrant economy and build a resilient nation.

Forestry is one of the key pillars of Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) stategy, which UNDP has suppored front the initial stage; UNDP has provided financial and technical supports for the development of the strategy and the organisation has continued to mobilise resources and get partners on board, as in the case of the recent forestry programme.

UNDP has also provided supported Ethiopia to launch and operationalize a CRGE Facility. The facility has helped the country access global financing such as from the Green Climate Fund.


National Climate Change Specialist

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