The programme enhances the capacity of the forest sector to fulfill its mandate at all levels; increase forest coverage that boosts carbon sequestration and other environmental services as well as the promotion of sustainable supply of wood and wood products.
Ethiopia’s diverse Forest resources, including high forests, woodlands, and trees on farms, have among the highest biodiversity in the world and provide a wealth of goods and services to ensure a green economic growth pathway while maintaining rapid infrastructure development and urbanization. The Government of Ethiopia has demonstrated a strong commitment to increase the forest cover and strengthen the forest contribution to green economic growth. The aim is to expand forest cover from 17.35 million hectares of forests or 15.7% today to 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2025. Furthermore, as stated in Ethiopia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the forest sector is expected to contribute more than 50% of the national goal to reduce emissions by 255 MtCO2e by 2030. To achieve these targets planting and managing natural forests and woodlands for a purpose by engaging communities, government forest agencies and the private sector and sustainable management of existing forests for multiple purposes are key activities in the decades to come.
The programme is targeting to enhance the capacity of the forest sector to fulfill its mandate at all levels; increase forest coverage that boosts carbon sequestration and other environmental services as well as the promotion of science and innovation in the forest sector; Promotion of broad-based stakeholder engagement in forest conservation and development including the private sector and enhancement of the forest development policies, strategies and interventions led by innovation are also focus areas of the programme.
The programme is part of a triangular cooperation among Sweden, Norway UNDP and the Government of Ethiopia.
Provider Country: Ethiopia, UNDP, Sweden and Norway
Beneficiary Country: Ethiopia
Supported by: The Government of Ethiopia, UNDP Norway and Sweden
Implementing Agency: Environment Forest and Cimate Change Commission
Project Status: On-going
Project Period: 2015-2019