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 operated in Sheka, Bench-Maji and Kefa zones of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) (see map). Within these zones four woredas / districts with major forest areas were the focus of the work.
The project aimed 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) focused more on scaling - up that work within a PFM framework and developing forest-based institutions and enterprises.
The Project operated 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 sought 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 was promoted by means of increased production and trading of forest products through technical support, and enhancement of the role of forest-dependant households and community-based institutions in the management of the resources.