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Welcome to the homepage of the Non-Timber Forest Products and Participatory Forest Management (NTFP-PFM) Research and Development Project, South-West Ethiopia.

This project operates in Sheka, Bench-Maji and Kefa zones of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS)(see map). Within these zones four woredas with major forest area are the present focus on the work.

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Location of the project area

The project aims to contribute to maintaining a forested landscape by supporting the development of improved forest-based livelihoods for the local forest-dependent communities and thereby ensuring the delivery of environmental services in a wider, regional and international, context.

In the first phase (2003-2007) the focus was on NTFPs and their development. The second phase (2007-2013) focuses more on scaling up that work within a PFM framework and developing forest-based institutiions and enterprises..

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Typical tropical montane broadleaved forest in the project area


The Project operates in collaboration with departments of the regional state, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), and other institutions (e.g cooperatives), as well as with local traders and national companies. It seeks to support an increased, yet sustainable, use of NTFPs and other forest products within a forested landscape. The sustainable management of forest and land resources is promoted in the light of increased production and trading in forest products, through technical support and enhancement of the role of forest-dependant households and community-based institutions in the management of the resources.

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This website has been produced with the financial support of the European Community. The views expressed herein are those of the University of Huddersfield (the project contractor)and can therefore in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Commission or other agencies funding the project.

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