Supporting the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Ethiopia: Biodiversity
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency
2021 to 2025
ARGE GFA Consulting Group GmbH
Products and expertise
Climate, environment, management of natural resources
Ethiopia is experiencing a steady rise in its population, leading to an increased demand for natural resources, which are often exploited illegally with only a short-term perspective. This causes severe degradation of protected areas and forests in the country, thus threatening ecosystems and their functions. These in turn are vital for preserving the livelihoods of local communities, for example by providing clean water and fertile soil. Up to now, the contributions of these ecosystems often go unnoticed by the local population. Instead, protected areas are frequently perceived as obstacles to development. In addition, funding gaps in administration create challenges in effectively managing nature conservation areas.
Cooperating with various other actors and taking the interest of local communities into account, relevant institutions in Ethiopia are managing protected areas and forests sustainably.
The project promotes cooperation in managing conservation areas among various involved groups and fields of work. It adopts a comprehensive approach, addressing the social, economic and ecological aspects of the relationship between protected areas and neighbouring communities. Major working fields are:
- Promoting alternative livelihoods: Supporting families near these areas to establish climate-resilient and legally compliant income sources. Establishing stable connections with the private industry to enhance the longevity of these income alternatives.
- Community engagement and decision-making: Actively involving local communities in decision-making processes, promoting mutual understanding and inclusivity, particularly ensuring the involvement of women.
- Digital tools development: Supporting the development of various digital tools and e-learning formats for improved and scalable management of protected areas and forestry, in collaboration with the GFA Consulting Group.
Last update: February 2024