Official launching of the workshop Official launching of the workshop "Institutional Strengthening for Forest Sector Development in Ethiopia". Photo: LULU/RNE

Norway’s Support to Ethiopia in Climate and Forest Sector is Advancing Well

Last updated: 06.10.2015 // Ethiopia launched its Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy, by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, back in 2011 during COP17 in Durban, South Africa. During the launch of the CRGE, Norway and UK expressed their support to the government of Ethiopia for the implementation of the strategy. Based on this, Norway and Ethiopia signed a climate partnership agreement in 2013 for the support of the CRGE.


As a part of the CRGE, there was an official launching on 05 October 2015 of the workshop “Institutional Strengthening for Forest Sector Development in Ethiopia”. This is a is a new project that the Norwegian Government is supporting here in Ethiopia. The launching  was officially opened by H.E. Ato Belete Tafere, Minister for the Ministry Environment and Forest (MEF). The key note address was made by Mr. Anders Vatn, Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Abeba and by the UNDP Country Director.

This programme is to strengthen the institutional capacity of relevant ministries and pilot afforestation/ reforestation/ restoration in four regional states:

  • Amhara
  • Benishangul
  • South Nations Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS)
  • Tigray 

The program will run for 5 years and is expected to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation /livelihood improvement of local community. The private sector is the key partner to be engaged in private plantation establishment.

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Norway is currently supporting significant initiatives for mitigation and adaptation of the climate change in Ethiopia such as: • Oromia Forest landscape program (OFLP) which is technically supported by the World Bank • Sustainable Land Management program (SLMP) • Capacity building of universities • Reducing Emissions from Deforestation • Forest Degradation (REDD+). Those are being implemented by different NGOs and are supporting afforestation/ reforestation/ restoration program in four regional states of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.