Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: January 2016

Community-based strategies for the protection of wild coffee's region of origin

Objective and activities

The aim of the project is the protection and renaturation of the cloud forests and wetlands of south-western Ethiopia's Kafa Biosphere Reserve. Together with the local population, the current state of various ecosystems is being assessed through, among other things, the introduction of a watershed management system and improved through the reforestation of the natural forest and renaturation measures.

The biodiversity within the Kafa Biosphere Reserve is being protected through the establishment of a monitoring system and the deployment of rangers. In addition, the project is creating a sustainable and participatory community management system for the protection of natural resources. In order to increase the understanding of biodiversity and promote regional development at the same time, individual development programmes are being introduced in various sectors (e.g. handicrafts, ecotourism and the production and marketing of regional products). The list of development measures also includes education programmes for children and adolescents and energy-efficient ovens.

Overall, the project follows the objectives laid out in Ethiopia's Climate-Resilient Green Economy Strategy and accordingly links climate change mitigation and biodiversity protection with targeted regional development. The project supports and strengthens the local community in the sustainable and self-driven conservation of nature and thus in the preservation of their natural livelihoods. The project builds upon the results of a previous IKI project in the region.

More information on the previous project

State of implementation/results

  • Two field assignments have taken place and pilot activities have been carried out for protecting the watersheds in the Kafa region.
  • Biodiversity assessments have been conducted with the assistance of German voluntary specialist groups, rangers and community representatives. Some species were seen for the first time in the region, such as the black panther.
  • Screening of potential sustainable products for commercialisation has been carried out as part of the ‘Indigenous Women and Biodiversity’ development programme. Wax was identified as one possible natural product with great potential.
  • Partner companies have further adapted the energy-saving ovens in order to be able to utilise coffee husks for producing energy. However, they cannot yet be used in households.

Project data


Partner institution:

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forest (MoEPF), Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (IBC), Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State (SNNPR)

Implementing organisation:

Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) Germany

BMUB grant:
€ 2,363,995

02/2014 till 01/2017


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