Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Forestry Development (EFD) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) led a forest landscape restoration (FLR) workshop on 28-30 November 2022, in Adama, Ethiopia. The workshop considered the local context and existing experiences in the country. The aim was to strengthen the capacities of FLR facilitators across relevant stakeholder organizations. For example, government forest organizations, agricultural extension offices, academia, research organizations as well as NGOs.

Download the workshop report here.

  • Forest and landscape restoration(FLR) is defined as a process that aims to regain ecological functionality and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded landscapes.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most populated nation, and its economy is based on agriculture, mainly by smallholder farms. As a result, agriculture puts pressure on land and natural resources, which has led to the deforestation, soil erosion and land degradation.

The Ethiopian government and many communities have invested substantial efforts into restoring degraded landscapes. In fact, the country’s Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy included forest landscape restoration as a key element. Ethiopia made one of the largest global pledges for restoration under the New York Declaration on Forests and the Bonn Challenge: 22 million hectares.

The workshop was hybrid with Ethiopian facilitators leading the in-person meeting. More than 30 participants gathered on site for the three-day workshop. The group discussed the conceptual framework of FLR, principles and landscape approaches, design, relevant factors in the Ethiopian context, monitoring, adaptive management and much more.

The workshop was supported through IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities with funds from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the National Institute of Forest Science, Republic of Korea. Ethiopian Forestry Development provided coordination and financial support for local arrangements and participation.

The deforestation process and the emergence of Forest Landscape Restoration in Ethiopia

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Degraded Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Ethiopia - An Overview of FLR

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Cascading Ethiopia's National FLR Initiative into local level action through project based approach

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