The current UN-REDD technical assistant to Ethiopia seeks to facilitate planning for REDD+ implementation on the ground, building on the existing and ongoing REDD+ readiness work in this area.FAO support will focus specifically on enhancing the competencies of the Forest Directorate to enhance carbon stock and to sustainably manage the existing forest resources through the development of a framework document for sustainable forest management in support of REDD+ activities.The main constrains identified so far are land use rights, market information and skills to process and transform bamboo.
This project supports this work by (i) developing SFM guidelines for Ethiopia, building upon the 2010 Guidelines on sustainable forest management in drylands of sub-Saharan Africa (ii) developing capacity and raise awareness of the adapted guidelines, and (iii) developing a SFM plan for BG targeted on bamboo management (hence called Sustainable Bamboo Forest Management plan, or SBFM plan) and exploring incentives for the private sector to develop this resource. The support provided results in the planning process for the development of a bamboo forest investment plan for the region.
The work aligns with existing MRV initiative and builds on pilot activities in Forest Management System (in particular Bale Eco-region REDD+ Pilot Project Phase II) as examples to be adapted to other national contexts. The project links with decentralized capacity development activities related to MRV.