Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources; Biodiversity
Ethiopia is a regional hotspot for biodiversity. Althought the Ethiopian Government has recognized this potential and already put 14% of the country's area under protection, Ethiopia's biodiversity is still threatened. The variety of species (flora and fauna) has dramatically decreased over the previous decades, inter alia due to climate change, effects of population growth, lack of alternative livelihoods and competing forms of land use.
Ethio-German development cooperation will focus on conserving and making sustainable use of biodiversity. Future interventions include support for protected areas in national parks, support for national or cross-border biosphere reserves, forest conservation and support for the work of the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity.