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Climate Protection and Preservation of Primary Forests – A Management Model using the Wild Coffee Forests in Ethiopia as an Example

As of: November 2021

The project objective was to preserve 200,000 ha of cloud forest in Kafa, the region of southwestern Ethiopia where coffee originated. Up to two million tons of CO2 emissions were prevented over the course of the project term through reforestation, establishment of the first Ethiopian biosphere reserve, and introduction of management methods that conserve forest resources. Tried and proven processes of participatory management were used to integrate climate protection and climate adaptation measures.
Successor project(s)
Biodiversity in a changing climate: community-based strategies for the protection, management and development of wild coffee’s region of origin

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Climate and forest monitoring system has been established
  • Degraded natural forests have been restored with native tree species; 53 nurseries have been set up and to date around 175,000 saplings have been grown here for reforestation and renaturation using native wild and crop species
  • Rangers have received training
  • Fuel wood plantations have been created as community forests; agroforestry systems have been established
  • Structures and processes for participatory forest management have been established: around 1,500 community members have been organised into forest user M55 which have received training and are incorporated into the management of six forest areas covering a total of almost 4,000 hectares
  • Around 11,200 energy-efficient wood burning stoves have been produced locally and distributed around the project area
  • Support has been provided towards building up the tourism infrastructure, for example by creating wild coffee nature trails, observation towers for viewing wild animals and birds in a network of hiking paths and access tracks, a historical open-air museum, training seminars and a model lodge

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU)

Political partner(s):
  • Kafa Zone Department for Water, Mines and Energy - Ethiopia
  • Kafa Zone Department of Agricultural Development - Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) - Ethiopia
  • Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPR) - Ethiopia

Implementing partner(s):
  • Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) - Deutschland
  • GEO e.V.
  • Original Food GmbH

BMU grant:
2.921.108,98 €

11/2009  till  01/2014



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