Joint solutions for resilient economic growth

Project description

Title: The Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS) Ethiopia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: PVH
Country: Ethiopia
Lead executing agency: Environmental Protection Authority (EPA),  Rift Valley Lakes Basin Development Office (RVLBDO), Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC).
Overall term: 2019 to 2022


Natural resources are central to economic growth. Natural resources must be managed better to safeguard long-term, climate-friendly economic development and social wellbeing. Natural resources are important economic assets. But the degradation and depletion of resources increases costs and decreases productivity, which adversely impacts growth. In a partner country like Ethiopia, the scarcity of natural resources and their overexploitation cause social and economic risks, as they negatively impact companies’ business operations and investments. Like many other countries, Ethiopia’s national development plans mainly focus on cutting poverty through increased agricultural and industrial activity, without amply addressing these resource-related risks, exacerbating this delicate situation.


Collaboration between private and public organisations as well as civil society to better manage natural resources bearing environmental aspects in mind is improving livelihoods and economic development in Ethiopia.


Natural resources stewardship is a concept where all users of natural resources take responsibility for their impacts on shared resources and work together to ensure these resources are managed sustainably. This concept of stewardship is based on the understanding that these resource challenges cannot be resolved by individual organisations, but must be addressed using concerted, collaborative action.

The Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS) is a multi-stakeholder programme funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union (EU) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). NatuReS is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, who is a trusted partner within the international community of natural resource stewardship practitioners. The programme is currently active in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa.

Last update: December 2021

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