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Since its founding in 1965, GOPA has successfully implemented over 3,500 projects in more than 130 countries. At present, over 140 are being carried out. This database provides a selection of projects best illustrating GOPA’s fields of activity.

Scaling-up participatory forest management project

Rural Development and Environment
Ministry of Agriculture
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
February, 2011
End of project: 
January, 2014

In Ethiopia, the livelihoods of rural people are closely linked to the forests that provide a range of benefits from energy and construction materials, to grazing, medicinal plants, ritual and spiritual activities and sources of food. However, the country is also characterized by the generally unsustainable utilization of forests, woodlands, trees and forest products, resulting in forest degradation and depletion. Population growth, resettlement of highland farmers and the expansion of commercial farming have and are contributing towards accelerated deforestation that has led to a decrease in the Ethiopian forest cover from 40 to 11.9 % within the last six decades.

Therefore the conservation and sustainable management of forests, soil and water resources had to be considered as an essential contribution to the overall objective to improve food security, strengthen the rural economy and reduce environmental degradation in Ethiopia in the long run.

The EC contributed to this objective by supporting the Ministry of Agriculture (former Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD)) in Ethiopia with the Technical Assistance Support to Scaling up Participatory Forest Management (PFM) Project which focused on the regions of Oromia, Amhara, Bene Shangul Gumuz and the SNNPR.

Project details


Overall objective: To contribute to sustainable management of Ethiopia’s forests in order to improve food security, strengthen the rural economy and reduce environmental degradation.

Specific objective: To assist build MoA and community capacity to scale-up and mainstream PFM and non-timber forest product (NTFP) development.

  • Development and adoption of a simplified PFM methodology and guidelines that build on existing national experiences and methodologies;
  • Introduction and fast replication of the PFM methodology in forested areas with NTFP potential;
  • Implementation of capacity building components (PFM/NTFP training material) focussing on the PFM methodology and NTFP development, processing and marketing;
  • Establishment of kebele-level forest management groups and community based organisations mandated with PFM/ NTFP development;
  • Documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt from the scaling up of the PFM/NTFP development experience to a wider national and international audience;
  • General & administrative support including the preparation, management and reporting of programme estimates.