The Global and Ethiopia REDD+ Background
The global forest sector contributes 17% of the global greenhouse gas emission and it could be addressed cost effectively. Since 2005, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been actively negotiating a policy initiative that entails the development and implementation of policies and measures (PAMs) that ... The government of Ethiopia supports the global climate policy as well as the REDD+ mechanism as climate change mitigation mechanism. Ethiopia has been in the process of developing its REDD+ program since 2008. The Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) was prepared in 2011 in a participatory way and its implementation started in January 2013 ...
A field trip to the southwest forest block was made from February 17-21, 2020. It was attended by a high level delegation from Norway including the Deputy Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa. The Director General of Oromia Environment, Forest and Climate Change Authority, the National REDD+ Coordinator and Senior forest experts also have […]
The COP 25 conference that took over two weeks wrapped up on Sunday failing to reach consensus on many issues and pushed important decisions to COP 26 next year. Although the European Union expressed its dissatisfaction, it promised to scale up the 40% finance that it provides to the global climate. In a closing remark, […]
The tree planting initiative that has been launched by His Excellency Abiy Ahimed Prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with a catchphrase “40 seedling per head” was successfully implemented nationwide. According to the national steering committee, 353,636,000 seedlings were planted just on Monday 29th of July 2019. This achievement therefore puts Ethiopia […]
EFCCC employees planted three thousand seedlings at Gulele Subcity Entoto site today. His Excellency professor Fikadu Beyene Commissioner of EFCCC said to the gathering that Ethiopians will continue planting trees until the objective set will be achieved. He added that today’s seedling planting activity is part of the campaign launched to plant four billion trees based […]
By Yisak Dinku Ethiopia is facing multiple challenges to achieve sustainable development. Actions on the ground needs to be stepped up to reverse these rapidly escalating challenges. A new urban-rural landscape greening initiative directed towards transforming Ethiopia’s degraded environments to relish their full value of beneficial functions is recently launched by HE. the Prime Minister […]
REDD+ Quarterly Newsletter Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, REDD+ Ethiopia has released the first quarterly Newsletter by October, 2017.
By: Yisehak Dinku (NRS) The REDD+ Ethiopia R-Package has been formally endorsed by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Participants Committee on the 26th of September 2017 at Luang Parabang in Laos PDR, with great recognition of the efforts made on Readiness implementation. Ethiopia’s R-package has gone through a rigorous independent review by an international Technical […]
Written By: Yisehak Dinku NRS UNFCCC published on its website Ethiopia’s modified FRL. Accordingly, the forest reference emission level for deforestation is 17,978,735 tCO2 /year and the forest reference level for afforestation is 4,789,935 tCO2 /year. As stated by UNFCCC the version of the FRL estimates have been improved and the data was constructed from […]
By: Walilign Ayele Addis Ababa: As part of the Framework Agreement for REDD+ Partnership, the Royal Norwegian government offered 1.4 (one point four) billion Birr grant to the efforts that will be made to prevent climate change and for the implementation of green economy. During agreement signing occasion, the State Minister for Ministry of Finance […]
Result-based Actions With a timeframe of 15 years, the NRS implemented in phases, is designed to realizing objectives of the forestry sector’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation (50% of the total national emissions reduction in 2030) in a realistic planning and implementing of REDD+ PAMs. Thus, although the NRS eventually is implemented at national […]
The National REDD+ Secretariat of Ethiopia
The scope of REDD+ in Ethiopia will include activities aim at reducing emission from deforestation; reducing forest degradation, forest conservation, sustainable forest management, and the enhancement of carbon stocks. As part of the earlier activities of afforestation and reforestation (A/R) indifferent parts of Ethiopia, the '+' aspect of REDD+ will be given special attention in future activities. A/R activities that will be included in the REDD+ mechanism (as carbon stock enhancement) will provide incentives to regenerate forests in previously deforested areas.
The REDD+ Readiness Requirements
Based on the Warsaw Framework for REDD+, Ethiopia need to have in place six (6) major requirements and thirty four (34) criteria for REDD+ Readiness. The six requirements are National REDD+ Strategy, Safeguard Instruments, Design Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) System, Determining Forest Reference Level (FRL), Establishing Management Arrangements and Consultation, Participation, Communications and Outreach activities.
National REDD+ Strategy
The national REDD+ strategy of Ethiopia addresses key issues pertaining its effective implementation. The strategy identifies and thoroughly analyses key sectors that are directly or indirectly involved in emissiosn reduction, focusing on sectorial policies. Likewise, it identifies international and national policies and conventions related with REDD+ implementation and proposes appropriate REDD+ legal framework.
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Safeguard Instruments are procedures and approaches that can help to ensure that REDD+ activities “do no harm” to people or the environment, but rather enhance social and environmental benefits. This definition implies more than avoiding risks. Safeguards for REDD+ have been included in the Cancun Agreement at COP 16th in 2010 to ensure that REDD+ actions do not cause negative social or environmental impacts. The Cancun Agreement outlined seven safeguard elements.
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Design Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) System
A REDD+ MRV implementation project has been developed with the support of MEF and the MRV task force earlier. For the implementation of the National Forest Monitoring System and REDD+ MRV, the GoE and FAO signed a Technical Assistance (TA) agreement on August 7, 2014 that would run for a period of 2.5 years. with a total cost of USD 3, 915,348. The major tasks of this TA are establishing the RELs/RLs, undertaking the National Forest Inventory and designing the MRV system.
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Determining Forest Reference Level (FRL)
Ethiopia‟s Forest Reference Level (FRL) is prepared in the context of results based payments for REDD+ implementation. The country has been in the REDD+ Readiness implementation sicne January 2013. The FRL includes deforestation and afforestation, AGB, BGB, deadwood and CO2 emissions; it is national and based on a historical average of emissions and removals between 2000 and 2013. The Forest Reference Emission Level for deforestation is 19,498,496.10 tCO2/year; the Forest Reference Level for afforestation is 10,247,080.97 tCO2/year.
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Establishing Management Arrangements
During the R-PP development in Ethiopia national stakeholders pointed out that lack of a dedicated forest institution as a serious gap for REDD+ program in the country. In response to this, the government of Ethiopia has made a keystone action for realizing the goals of the CRGE strategy (REDD+ included) by establishing the new Ministry of Environment and Forest. Another key achievement in this component has been the staffing of the REDD+ Secretariat and procurement of the major goods with the FCPF grant.
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Consultation, Participation, Communications and Outreach activities
REDD+ awareness and training had been given to all members of the REDD+ management bodies. Awareness have also been expanded to the regional higher officials, senior experts, parliamentarians, research academic institutions and civil society in a series of workshops and seminars. In this period, following the approved AWP, three Regional REDD+ awareness Workshops, two Regional REDD+ Conferences and one National REDD+ Conference have been held so far, which is 75% of the required stakeholders engagement workshops planned during the fiscal year.
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The REDD+ Implementation
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CDM/ PFM Learning Network Established by REDD+
This piece collates basic information on forest projects in Ethiopia with a special focus on forest carbon (CDM and REDD+) and Participatory Forest Management (PFM).
Ethio-Wetlands & Natural Resource Association (EWNRA)
Established (year), 2000 G.C. not for profit local NGO
Farm Africa, SOS Sahel Ethiopia
Established (year), FARM Africa: 1980 GC; SOS Sahel: 1985 GC. FARM Africa: International NGO; SOS Sahel: National NGO
Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center and Network (HoAREC & N)
Established (year), 2006 GC, NGO under the auspices of Addis Ababa University
Sustainable Natural Resource Management Association (SUNARMA)
Established (year), 2000 GC, NGO
World Vision Ethiopia
Established (year), 2006 GC, NGO
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenabreit (GIZ)
Bilateral, Rahem Building, Megenagna, Diaspora square P.O. Box 100009, P.O. Box 100009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: +251(0) 116 6299884,
Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF)
Established (year), 2005E.C., NGO, ECFF, P. O. Box 28513 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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