Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: February 2016

Catalyzing Forest and Landscape Rehabilitation for Climate Resilience an Biodiversity Conservation in East Africa

Objective and activities

The aim of the project is to support the restoration of forest landscapes (FLR) and natural landscapes in Kenya and Ethiopia. These ecosystems and landscapes constitute both an important carbon sink and a key foundation for the livelihoods of the local people. Maps are developed at national and local level in order to identify areas with a high potential for landscape restoration and to serve as a basis for planning activities by policy-makers. In addition, together with the national partners, the project designates areas in which to pilot landscape restoration activities and conduct demonstration projects. During the planning of these activities, attention is paid to important co-benefits like the conservation of biological diversity, provision of heating materials and animal feed, water regulation as well as carbon sequestration and storage. Furthermore, the project partners assess innovative investment models that will enable the measures to be implemented over the long-term and be transferred to additional areas. Through training activities, events and advisory support, project outcomes and best practices will be communicated to local partners and made available to the broader public.

State of implementation/results


  • A technical working group on policy comprising local, state, and non-state stakeholders was established to review policy on landscape restoration
  • Establishment of 22 community tree nurseries, comprising of 316 community members, that already raised and planted 100,000 indigenous seedlings in the pilot site and 18,600 on the farm lands
  • In cooperation with other projects it developed and rolled out a community-based monitoring tracking tool to track tree survival, nurseries and landscape restoration
  • The project has supported mapping of 130 small holder farms and the communities to develop land-use plans for the mapped farms 


  • The project assisted in establishing a technical working group comprising of government experts in GIS and Forestry, which has led the development of draft restoration potential maps and associated statistics
  • 467,800 trees have been planted at the pilot site in Loka Abaya, Hawassa
  • Water management was improved by the construction of micro basins, trenches and a stone check dam
  • 1 ha of severely degraded gullies were restored with aloe vera which will be harvested by community members for soap to be sold to supplement household incomes
  • 20,000 cuttings of elephant grass, 53,000 splits of desho grass, and 48,000 splits of vetiver grass have been planted in the enclosure area

Project data

Ethiopia, Kenya

Partner institution:

Ethiopia: Ministry of Environment and Forests;
Kenya: Ministry of Environment, Water an Natural Resources

Implementing organisation:

Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton Climate Initiative

BMUB grant:
€ 1,517,264.18

02/2014 till 12/2016


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