Addis Ababa August 24/2017 The government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a project agreement to enhance management of protected areas.
The project - Enhanced Management and Enforcement of Ethiopia’s Protected Area Estate - will be implemented in five national parks including Omo, Mago, Chebera Chochora, and Kafta Sheraro parks and Babille elephants’ sanctuary as well.
It seeks the implementation of solutions that will counter the threats to biodiversity, overcome the barriers to effective management of protected areas and to reduce wildlife trafficking.
The project has received a 7.5 million USD financial assistance from Global Environment Fund and UNDP, while the government of Ethiopia will contribute 34 million USD in Kind.
During the occasion, State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation Admasu Nebebe said the project will address issues related to biodiversity, especially in the preservation of the decreasing population of elephants that has been targeted for their horn.
He said “the government of Ethiopia attaches paramount importance to the project and considers it as one of the project that enhances the country’s development endeavors.”
UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain said on her part that this project aims at addressing the challenges of biodiversity, degradation and wildlife trafficking that are serious threats to the well-being of humanity and security across the nations.
She said “Ethiopia’s sustainable development is closely linked with its concerted effort to protected areas and conserving its biodiversity resources.”
The protected areas however, are exposed to various threats which reduces Ethiopia’s opportunity to benefit from the existing potentials of tourism industry, she noted.
UNDP have been implemented a project in Ethiopia towards safe-guarding of the unique biodiversity and wildlife resources of the country since 2008.
Ethiopia is one the top 25 countries that are endowed with vast biodiversity resources. The world has 34 unique biodiversity endowed areas, two of which are found in Ethiopia.