ET13 Support the Forest Sector Transformation Unit, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO2 Creation of green jobs, SO3 Increased access to sustainable services, SO4 Improved air quality, SO5 Supply of ecosystem services ensured, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q2  2019
End Date q4 2021
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 0
Budget Percentage %
Actual Expenditure (USD)
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD) 0
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commmission
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) Embassy of Denmark
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes
GGGI Project Code : ET13
Project Manager and Staff +
Ziyenu L. Ayele

Senior Officer

Project context, objectives and description

Ethiopia has encountered multifaceted challenges that includes climate change effects such as temperature increase, rainfall variability, frequent drought and extreme events. Deforestation and forest degradation contribute significantly to the country’s carbon emission and rural poor depending on forest resources are losing livelihood and income opportunities. As part of the Danish Country Program for Ethiopia (2018-2023), Danish has supported a Thematic Climate Resilient Forest livelihoods program to achieve “Improved and climate resilient livelihoods, while maintaining and enhancing carbon stocks and other ecosystem services”. Both the Danish Embassy and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) have expressed interest to collaborate with GGGI as technical implementing partner to catalyze this program, particularly in addressing social inclusiveness on planning and implementation process. Therefore, GGGI has recruited National Social inclusion Advisor, based in EFCCC’s Forest Sector Transformation Unit (FSTU) to ensure that key social inclusion aspects are addressed by EFCCC in relation to forest management, and in relation to the promotion of participatory forest management. This project is aligned with IO1. Strengthened national, sub-national and local green growth planning, financing, and institutional frameworks and IO3. Improved multi-directional knowledge sharing and learning to empower local and external agents necessary to drive green growth processes in partner governments.

The objective of the projects is:

  • To support the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) through the Forest Sector Transformation Unit to ensure that activities, policies and enterprise development take into consideration inclusion of disadvantaged groups including women and other social groups.
  • To ensure full inclusion of all segments of communities in participatory forest management and enterprise development, and to avoid exclusion, which has critical roles for the long-term conservation of forests and related livelihoods opportunities and ecosystem services in Ethiopia.
  • To enable EFCCC to fully integrate these social inclusiveness concerns in the implementation process through identifying barriers, technical support, monitoring, capacity building, guideline or extension material development for national and sub-national partners on PFM and livelihood implementation.

Type of services provided, and results achieved

  • Provided on job mentoring and technical supports to EFCCC/CRFL partners including CRFL project staff, government and community partners on PFM, livelihood and social inclusion aspects at CRFL implementation sites that held from November 11 to 21, 2020, Kaffa Zone, SNNRPS. A total of 222 (32 female and 30 minority) community representatives and 20 CRFL and government staffs were participated. Besides, short training and orientation was provided to 14 participants that drawn from CRFL, Zone EFCCCO head & process owner and 9 woredas CRFL focal persons that held at Bonga. The PPT presentation and discussion with participants include the following topics: CRFL and RIP programme overview, basic approach and principles, PFM and Livelihood interventions in the CRFL context; gender and social inclusion concepts; CRFL’s major monitoring findings (strengths and limitations) and actions to be taken to improve limitations and ways forward. Moreover, field monitoring report (findings and recommendations) shared with implementing partners to address gaps and inputs for further actions.
  • Developed a draft CRFL livelihood beneficiary selection guide and shared with field implementing team for further inputs and comments; thereby to address gaps and improve social inclusiveness and benefits of disadvantaged social groups such as women, minority, and youth in livelihood interventions. This guide would also serve as training material, guidance, checklist and knowledge products to improve and ensure gender and social inclusion.
  • Provided continuous technical supports and engaged with EFCCC/ FSTU on different activities such as prepare TORs to conduct gender and social inclusion study at RIP implementation regions that commissioned by UNDP and also facilitated the study; review and provide inputs on various studies and proposals; supported and participated on planning and reporting; and other related contributions.
  • Closely working with national and sub-national partners that encompasses Royal Embassy of Denmark (RED) to Ethiopia, CRGE Facility, EFCCC & its subordinate offices, GGGI, TAT and others on a range of interventions such as to monitor progress and address encounter challenges, attend various meeting including steering and working group meetings, share experiences and expertise to improve PFM, gender and social inclusion within CRFL and RIP frameworks. Furthermore, a number of events were attended and contributed, among these, PFM, forestry, climate change, REDD+, green development issues were the major ones that organized by different organizations such as FSTU/EFCCC, GGGI, GIZ, NoRAD, KOICA and so on.
  • Five days TOT training was provided on PFM and Social Inclusion to 17 (2 Female) experts that drawn from zone and woreda CRFL implementing sites that held in January 2021 at Jimma. This would enhance technical capacitary of experts on PFM and Social Inclusion aspects during planning and implementation process. Moreover, it was attended and contributed on CRFL livelihood feasibility study validation workshop that held in February 2021 at Bonga; Furthermore, CRFL field team was supported in identifying critical implementation challenges and propose mitigation actions to improve CRFL performance and delivery.
  • Continuous capacity development activities were provided through field technical and advisory supports on PFM and Social Inclusion aspects to CRFL/RIP government and community partners to enhance forest ecosystem and resilient livelihood at the implementation sites. Furthermore, field monitoring and technical reports were produced and shared with implementing partners for strengthening and address limitations, and also serve as knowledge products and inputs for further actions.
  • Social Inclusion and Gender TOT training was given to 60 experts that drawn from five RIP implementing regional states namely Oromia, Amahara, SNNRPS, Tigray and Gambela regional states that held in December 2019 at Debre-Brehan Town, Amhara Regional state. Social Inclusion and Gender training topics include SIG background and main aspects, significance in RIP and CRFL contexts, principles & approach; international and national frameworks, challenges & measures, SGI analysis tools and actions to be taken to improve Gender and Social Inclusion in the RIP& CRFL interventions. This would improve trainees’ knowledge and skill to address social inclusion challenges and improve disadvantaged social groups’ terms in the RIP and CRFL interventions.
  • Finally, these interventions and outputs have contributed in particular to RIP and CRFL programs and objectives in one hand and also contribute to country’s development strategies and GGGI’s strategic outcomes that reflect poverty reduction, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability aspects specifically GHGs emission reduction, enhance ecosystem services and livelihood adaptation to climate change.