New Project on Conservation of Primary Forests and Climate Change to Start in Kafa Biosphere Reserve

The proposed Kafa Coffee Biosphere Reserve is situated in one of the last remaining forest areas of Ethiopia, therefore it is high time to act and to interlink the protection of the natural forests to the reduction of CO2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

NABU, the oldest conservation organization in Germany, is starting a 4-year project in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and relevant institutions in Ethiopia, in order to assist them in reaching goals which were laid out in the 10-year Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP).  These goals include natural resource and biodiversity conservation and management, in particular forest management as well as sustainable use and will help to achieve, among other things, the reduction of CO2 emissions and CO2 sequestration from the atmosphere.  The project, which is funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, will be implemented jointly with GTZ IS in the Kafa Zone. Its main focus has been set on reforestation, household energy efficiency and sustainable development in the proposed Kafa Biosphere Reserve.  Read more about the Climate project here