Ethiopia Launches Major Project to Combat Deforestation, Boost Coffee Production

The Ethiopian government, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has launched a major project titled “Preventing Forest Loss, Promoting Restoration, and Integrating Sustainability into Ethiopia’s Coffee Value Chains & Food Systems” (FOLUR). The project aims to tackle deforestation, promote forest restoration, and integrate sustainability into Ethiopia’s coffee value chains and food systems. The project will be implemented under the theme “Preventing Forest Loss, Promoting Restoration, and Integrating Sustainability into Ethiopia’s Coffee Value Chains & Food Systems” (FOLUR). Minister of Planning and Development Fitsum Assefa inaugurated the project at the first FOLUR Project Steering Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa. The project will contribute to the development of the national land use policy, the national forest sector development program, and the comprehensive Ethiopian coffee strategy, while improving coffee livelihoods and aligning with the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy and the updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The FOLUR project is expected to have a significant impact, aiming to adopt the National Integrated Land Use Policy, avoid 7,288,195 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions, improve livelihoods for 440,000 households, restore 10,500 hectares of unproductive coffee gardens, restore and manage 60,000 hectares of dry and moist Afromontane Forest, and bring 2,031,502 hectares of land under improved land use practices.

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