Ethiopia: Park management

Ethiopia: Sustainable management of national parks

So far, support for tourism in Ethiopia has focused mainly on historical and cultural attractions, for instance the country's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But Ethiopia also has vast biodiversity, which could still be put to better use for tourism.

Lack of technical and financial resources

The government has placed 14 per cent of the country's area under protection. But many protected areas are being used as pastureland, and their natural resources are being exploited. Moreover, national parks often lack the technical and financial resources to effectively protect biodiversity.

Germany therefore supports Ethiopia through a biodiversity and forestry programme, helping the government to improve the management of national parks and to make them more attractive for tourists.

Better conditions for tourism

The programme supports five national parks with a view to optimising their protection and management strategies and methods. The management and monitoring of the parks is being improved through organisational development, capacity building and the provision of equipment. Support is also being provided to the Ethiopian wildlife protection authority. As a result, conditions for tourism are improving as well.

Results to date

One of the five national parks that are being supported has already developed a management plan. Two more plans are being drawn up. New patrol systems have been developed and rangers have received training in law enforcement, anti-poaching activities, wildlife monitoring, and the protection of habitats. At one national park, training has been provided on elephant behaviour in order to reduce risks for visitors and park personnel. At another park, a strategy for a visitors' centre has been developed.

Project data

Envisaged duration: August 2015 to July 2019

Financial volume: 16.5 million euros