Mid Term Review of A New Approach to the Conservation of Wild Coffea arabica in South-West Ethiopia: Exploring the Potential of Participatory Forest Management

The objective of this project was to contribute to the conservation of coffee biodiversity through the application of simplified PFM procedures to achieve sustainable ways of conserving this biodiversity in situ with joint (community and government) management and benefit sharing mechanisms. It was run by Huddersfield University UK, Ethio Wetlands & Natural Resources Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Sustainable Livelihood Action (eeig), the Netherlands.

The main target group was the local communities, some 5,910 families, living in or near to the forest areas of coffee biodiversity, whose livelihoods will be enhanced and secured, rather than destroyed, through the project and involvement in in situ coffee biodiversity conservation. The final beneficiaries included Government and international agencies involved with forest management and biodiversity conservation.

For the dissemination of lessons, beneficiaries also included donors, donor and NGO projects and education centres involved in PFM and biodiversity issues. The global community will benefit from the conservation of coffee genetic resources given the origination of coffee in this area. The project aimed to achieve recognition of the value of PFM to biodiversity conservation; improved collaboration of government, donors and communities in conservation; livelihoods enhanced and forest management (PFM) improved through the development of community based organisations; land management regimes developed for sustainable use helping reduce forest clearance; advocacy and dissemination to support evolution of policy and practice. It does this through awareness raising on uses of PFM; training and capacity building for government and communities; establishment of community based organisations for PFM, NTFP production and trade; fine tuning of PFM for biodiversity conservation; strengthening of livelihoods through NTFP trade, payment for environmental services and ecotourism; land management regime development; and advocacy and dissemination.

The MTR was undertaken as a formative assessment of progress in order to gauge progress against early milestones and to recommend changes to project work-plans and structure as needed, in order to maximise likelihood of project delivery.

LTS has prepared an evaluation and sampling framework, data collection instruments & methodology for field work; undertook field work including conduct of interviews and secondary data review; analysis of evidence, review of project design theory; and revised the project logical framework and prepared the MTR Report and recommendations.

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Support Programme to the Development of the Forest Sector

Belgian support in Rwanda’s forestry sector is long-standing. The focus of the project was to prepare terms of reference (ToR) for tender documents and future consultancy assignments intended to deepen forest sector reform.

The LTS team prepared ToRs that will support the High Institute of Agriculture in preparation of training modules for silviculture of plantations, forest plantation harvesting and agroforestry as well as in the implementation of experimental applied research. Additional ToRs were developed for establishment of agroforestry trials and the provision of a handbook of agroforestry in Rwanda; finalisation of the manual of forestry plantations in Rwanda; acquisition of specific forest equipment, including measuring equipment, on the implementation of a training module on forest economics and management of cooperatives, and on implementation of training on the market transformation of wood.