This project contributes in reducing the threats to wildlife, agro-biodiversity and forest ecosystems, decreased IWT, Reduced Poaching, Decreased Unsustainable Use of Natural Resources, and Decreased Overgrazing.
Driven by low risk and high profitability, the trade in wildlife products and live animals continues to flourish. Ethiopia has been identified as a key transit (as well as source) country for wildlife products and live animals. There has been need for intervention to implement solutions that will counter the threats to biodiversity and overcome the barriers to effective management of protected areas and to combatting illegal wildlife trade.
The project seeks to counter the threats to biodiversity and overcome the barriers to effective management of protected areas and to combat illegal wildlife trade. It supports Ethiopia’s capacity for biodiversity conservation through increased effectiveness of protected area management and implementation of measure to reduce illegal wild life trade and poaching. The project will contribute to long-term global environmental impacts including the recovery of wildlife populations, conservation of habitat and agro-biodiversity. Expected project results: Improved protected area management in the targeted protected areas; Site level law enforecement initiatives supported; Management system for wildlife products and live animals that are confiscated, seized and collected; Legislation guidance for law enforcement agencies is developed; Microeconomic schemes for local communities developed and implemented.
As part of the project, South- South experience sharing visit was conducted in Kenya, Siri Lanka, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Extensive lessons have been learned in the areas of: efficient wildlife product management, collaborative law enforcement at various leves (site, regional, national and international levels); approaches used to increase efficiency of detection of ilegal wildlife products—particularly on the use of sniffer dogs at airports—; community-based protected area management; mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict, nature-based ecotourism; transfrontier protected area management; Ecological monitoring, database management and disseminiation of information; community outreach; handling orphanage animals.
Provider Country: UNDP Ethiopia
Beneficiary Country: Ethiopia
Supported by: UNDP/GEF
Implementing Agency: Ethiopian Wildlife Conservtion Authority; Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Project Status: On-going
Project Period: 2017-2022