The Oromia Forested Landscape Program has today commenced appraising overall project performance in a review meeting organized in Adama Town, Nafhilet International Hotel. All OFLP staff, officials and experts drawn from relevant implementing actors are taking part in this meeting that last for two days.
Coordinator of the Oromia Forested Landscape Program ob. Taye Dugasa speaking at the onset of the event disclosed that the review meeting is aimed at appraising overall progress timely of project activities. He added that the meeting will discuss key future focus areas and ways of insuring sustainability of the so far results.
Vice director of the Oromia Environmental Protection Authority Ob. Bona Yadesa on his part said OFLP has practically carried out remarkable Reforestation/Afforestation and Participatory Forest Management activities on the ground. He said this would play significant role toward attaining emission reduction and climate change mitigation targets. Moreover, he underlined the need to further strengthen cooperation and sustain the activities on the ground.
On same event, overall implementation reports of the three clusters were presented by respective Lead Facilitators. Moreover, zonal Land Use Land Cover baseline, Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement and OFLP Benefit Sharing Plan were presented. In addition, intensive discussion was made with due emphasis on key areas of future activities and ways of insuring sustainability.
It was learned that over 38 million tree seedlings were produced and planted; over 9,400 hectares of degraded land reforested through OFLP supported community-based activities. Moreover, over 210,000 hectares of forest was demarcated while Participatory Forest Management Plan was developed for forest area of over 190,000 hectares.
In so doing 382 local cooperatives were established and engaged in Afforestation/Reforestation activities while 120 cooperatives were established and engaged in Participatory Forest Management activities over the last five years of project implementation.
It was also known that over 60,000 people (with 30% female) have directly benefited from OFLP grant as the project has transferred about 80 million Birr as livelihood support to local cooperatives engaged in Afforestation/Reforestation and Participatory Forest Management activities.
OFLP is a regional REDD+ pilot programmatic umbrella devoted to contributing to climate change mitigation through reducing Green House Gases, promoting sustainable forest management and enhancing Carbon stock.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) has been conducting successive stakeholders’ consultation in selected towns of Oromia to address key implementing actors across Oromia. The principal objective of the event is, hence to impart the contemporary status of the Program to zonal and wereda level stakeholder, create awareness on the ongoing Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) activities and discuss effective implementation of Result-based Benefit Sharing plan.
The occasion has been previously held in five zones: Oromia Special Zone Surrounding Finfinne, West Showa, East Showa, South West Showa and North Showa zones. Same event has been held in Jima Town. Accordingly, representatives of relevant implementing sectors/stakeholders drawn from 20 weredas across Jima zone have taken part.
On the vent, relevant materials were presented on Program overview, current status and the so far achievement, Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement and Benefit Sharing Plan. Due discussion has also been held regarding how to effectively implement ERPA and Benefit Sharing Plan in a more coordinated manner.
As a result, Participants have agreed to consolidate collaboration, further strengthen emission reduction activities and discharge their utmost responsibilities toward effective implementation of ERPA and Result-based Benefit Sharing Plan. Similar event will continue in the remaining zones of Oromia.
It is estimated that effective and coordinated Emission Reduction activities in Oromia have the potential to reduce more than 45 million tons of Carbon dioxide.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) has conducted a one day coordination meeting in Adama Town to discuss ways of further consolidating landscape level emission reduction efforts. Accordingly, Participants drawn from relevant government sectors, NGOs and initiatives operating in the central and Eastern Oromia cluster as well as individual farmers who have carried out exemplary Afforestation/Reforestation activities have taken part.
Coordinator of the Oromia Forested Landscape Program Ato Taye Dugasa, speaking at the onset of the event, disclosed that the objective of the meeting was to deepen existing coordination among key implementing actors and partners to a higher level thereby consolidating landscape level emission reduction efforts. Given that OFLP is moving forward with ERPA signing, Taye underlined that scaling up existing coordination is vital than ever in order to insure effective implementation of the ongoing Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement and benefit sharing plan. On the occasion, relevant materials on the issue were presented. Selected partners and model farmers who have carried out exemplary emission reduction activities have also presented their experiences.
Ato Mesfine Desalegn was one of the model farmers who have presented their best experiences to participants. He is an exemplary farmer living in Kaso Abo Kebele of Wuchale wereda in North Showa zone. In addition to the regular farming activity, Mesfine has been planting and nurturing various species of indigenous tree since 2008.
‘‘Landslide is a common problem in our kebele. My farm land had been severely affected by the phenomenon. As a result of the training I got from the wereda experts, I understood that landslide could be cured by planting trees. Then, I started planting trees on over ten hectares of devastated land. The area has now been rehabilitated and became forest. As a result, the landslide has stopped. My future plan is to convert the area into a protected park’’
Finally, due discussion was made on the subject and that participants agreed to consolidate existing coordination to a higher level and discharge their responsibilities for effective implementation of ERPA.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) has conducted stakeholders’ Consultation on Emission Reduction Payment Agreement issues in Ambo Town. Participants drawn from key implementing sectors have agreed to consolidate collaboration and work toward effective implementation of Emission Reduction Payment Agreement.
Ato Taye Dugasa, OFLP Coordinator, while opening the event, disclosed that the core objective of the event was to impart to stakeholders the overall status of the Oromia Forested Landscape Program and discuss ways of effectively carrying out Emission Reduction Payment Agreement.
On the event, OFLP principal objectives, major activities accomplished so far, key project achievements and future focus areas were presented by the Program Coordinator. Moreover, Emission Reduction Payment related activities and its current status were presented by Ato Getu Sheferaw, OFLP Forest Specialist.
It was hence disclosed that OFLP has so far reforested 9,427 hectares of degraded land and implemented PFM on 207,400 hectares of forest which account 104% and 173% of its overall targets respectively. Moreover, it was disclosed to that Emission Reduction Payment activities are promisingly moving forward.
Meantime, due discussion was made on ways of further scaling up the so-far achievements and deepening cooperation toward effective implementation of Emission Reduction Payment activities. Accordingly, Participants agreed to tighten collaboration and work toward effective implementation of Emission Reduction Payment Agreement.
This is a series of consultation planned to be carried out in selected towns of Oromia so as to address key stakeholders across the region. Accordingly, same event has been so far conducted in Finfinne, Ambo and Weliso towns.
The Oromia REDD+ Steering Committee has reviewed the overall progress of the Oromia Forested Landscape Program during a one day meeting organized in Bishoftu Town, Yatu International Hotel. It was disclosed, that OFLP has so far afforested 9,427 hectares of degraded land and implemented Participatory Forest Management on 207,400 hectares of forest which accounts 104% and 173% of its overall targets respectively.
The meeting was aimed at appraising the overall and status of the program, review OFLP 2022/203 annual plan and provide directives for key activities that need paramount attention and be carried out over the remaining period of program implementation.
Vice director of the Oromia Environmental Protection Authority Ato Bona Yadesa while opening the event said, OFLP progress is promising as it has performed above its targets in the areas of Afforestation/Reforestation and Participatory Forest Management. Hence, he expressed his gratitude to the regional steering committee, key implementing actors and ORCU staff for all the valuable contribution they have made toward the attainment the results. He added that unreserved efforts are still vital to further scale up the results and insure sustainability confirming that the Authority will keep making strong follow up.
On same event, OFLP’s overall progress report and 2022/23 annual plan as well as progress and status of Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement activities were presented by Ato Taye Dugasa, Program Coordinator and Ato Dereje Likisa, OFLP MRV specialist respectively.
It was confirmed that both the on-the-ground activities and ERPA progress are promisingly moving on the right track. The program, over the last four years of its implementation, has made remarkable achievement in the areas of Afforestation/Reforestation and Participatory Forest Management. Accordingly, 9,427 hectares of degraded land has been reforested and PFM has been implemented on 207,400 hectares of forest which account 104% and 173% of its overall targets respectively. Moreover, it was learned that 61,479 people (with 37% female) have directly benefited from the program.
During an intensive discussion made, it was underlined that it is vital to further strengthen and scale up efficacy of the activities, move forward with ERPA activities, deepen coordination and give utmost attention to livelihood enhancement activities. It was also underscored that empowering and further capacitating local Community- Based-Organizations should be among the key issues that should be given supreme attention in order to insure sustainability of on-the-ground OFLP-supported activities.
H.E Ato Abdurahman Abdela, Coordinator of Rural Cluster with the rank of regional vice president, speaking on the event stressed the need to efficient utilization of all available program resources for public benefit. Also, he urged members of the steering committee; key implementing sectors and all responsible bodies to properly thoroughly discharge their responsibilities strengthen coordination to a high level and further capacitate the local community. The steering committee has also discussed OFLP 2022/2023 annual plan and provided directives for OFLP-supported activities to be carried out over the remaining period of program implementation.
The Oromia REDD+ Steering Committee, chaired H.E Vice President of Oromia Regional State is a regional body mandated to oversee and provide strategic guidance and leadership support to OFLP. Its mandate includes: mobilizing sectors to coordinate and collaborate under the OFLP umbrella on “REDD+ relevant interventions” that affect OFLP goals.
Ato Dembi Wako is the chairman of Buche who was born and raised in the village where the cooperative is located. He knows the history and features of the land his cooperative has now successfully reforested, and has seen how the area has tremendously changed over the last couple of years.
‘‘Few decades ago, this area was known in local language as ‘Lafa Dammaa’ which means ‘Land of Honey’. This is because the area had been covered with dense forest and the surrounding people used to harvest ample honey from the forest. Also, there had been various types of wild lives such as: colobus monkeys, monkeys and wild pigs. Gradually, however, the trees were cut and the forest converted to an open grazing land; as a result, all the wild lives have disappeared’’ said Ato Dembi.
Ato Dembi said that the reforestation activities have considerably improved the environment, biodiversity and the community; in fact, some wild animals are returning to the area. He added that he and all the CBO members are so glad to see the area recovered after two years of hard work and that their cooperative is among the CBOs selected to get livelihood support.
Eyasu Mekuria is a 24 years old youth member of the coop. He is married and makes his living as a farmer ploughing a small parcel of land entitled to his father as he has no plot of his own. In 2019, Eyasu joined Buche and has been an active member since then.
Eyasu says his income is such that he has always been thinking of getting additional earnings to support his family. To this effect, the livelihood support he has received is helping him generate more income and improve his living. He bought a sheep, who gave birth to a lamb after a month. Eyasu has a plan to invest more on sheep rearing so that he could get more income by selling their offspring.
Portion of the Reforested Plot, (Litu Goda A/R Site, Bore Wereda)
Members of the cooperative explained their plan to further strengthen their capacity and the efficacy of their activities. The livelihood support has further motivated them to intensify their Afforestation/Reforestation efforts to rehabilitate their village and sustain the practice.
OFLP Team of Experts Discussing with CBO members (Bore wereda, Litu Goda Kebele)
As part of its livelihood intervention, the OFLP has so far disbursed about 19 million ETB to 100 local cooperatives engaged in Afforestation/Reforestation and Participatory Forest Management activities. The project is planning to distribute an additional 30 million ETB to reach out to other cooperatives. The local CBO, Buche, is one of the cooperatives who benefitted from the fund. It has received a total of 143,000 ETB and 68 of its members have benefited from livelihood support.
Borena zone is one of the arid areas located in the southern part of Oromia region. It is well known for its livestock resource, which is the major livelihoods option in the area. As most of the Borena people are pastoralist and seminomadic, when rain fails life would become difficult for them and their livestock. During such seasons, they usually travel long distance in search of food and water for themselves and their cattle. Borena zone is currently dealing with severe drought as the seasonal rain that was expected to rain over the last few months has failed. As a result, thousands of livestock have died due to lack of water and feed, among other catastrophes of the drought. One of the major factors aggravating such incidents is the deforestation occurring in many areas at an alarming rate.
This specific phenomenon, therefore, should be taken as direct indication of how climate change is getting harsh and putting its adverse impact on the environment, the lives of the people and livestock. It is a warning signal, as well, that utmost efforts must be exerted to restore natural resources, especially forests. The Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP)[i] is, hence, convinced that one of the best ways to curb such catastrophe in the area is recovering degraded areas through integrated community-based forest management and forest investment activities. To this effect, for the past few years, the program is supporting community-based afforestation/reforestation activities in deforestation hotspot areas of Oromia region, along with other areas of its intervention which are supposed to contribute to the national effort toward mitigating climate change.
[i] The Oromia Forested Landscape Program is Oromia National Regional State's programmatic umbrella and coordination platform for multi-sector, multi-partner intervention on all forested landscapes in Oromia. The Program is hence strives to insure sustainable and low carbon development through promoting community-based forest management/investment and enhancing carbon stock across Oromia.
Borena zone, has been identified as one of the deforestation hotspot areas selected for OFLP’s strategic intervention. Among other opportunities and relevant resources for such development programs, Borena has got vast communal land which could be used for afforestation/reforestation activities. Currently, there are 14 OFLP supported Afforestation/Reforestation sites being implemented in six woredas of the zone.
Arero, is one of the woredas selected to be OFLP’s Afforestation/Reforestation intervention corridor in the zone. There are two similar sites in the wereda, one of which is Ola Diribo. This site covers an area of 72 hectares and located in Meta Gefersa kebele, 5 kM away from the capital of the woreda, Meta Gefersa town. People in the area have demarcated 72 hectares of degraded land in their locality for the A/R activities with the support from OFLP. Forty hectares of the demarcated land has already been covered with different types of trees seedlings that the whole area is promisingly recovering and changing into a forest patch in almost three years of time. The community is nurturing the seedlings since the date they planted them, and now more than 69 percent of the seedlings have grown vigorously surviving the recent drought that occurred in the zone. Ato Bulo Godana, 27, is resident of Melka Gefersa kebele and a father of five. He works as a guard of Ola Diribo Afforestation/Reforestation site. Ato Bulo said He was hired three years ago and has been watching over the site ever since. He is so happy to work as a guard and protect the site with his fellow community members who transformed the arid area of Arero into a forest patch.
“Before I started this job, I had been working as daily laborer to support my family. I am now getting paid 1,200 ETB monthly. I regularly go over the boundary of the site and watch over to make it free from any human and animal interference. Also, if the fence is broken, I will fix it immediately.” said Ato Bulo while explaining his role as the site guard.
In addition to its contribution to the microclimate, the site is providing the community alternative source of feed for their cattle, hope to overcome the current drought and experience to expand the AR efforts in more areas of the woreda. The feed grass collection is conducted based on a well-established norm/tradition among the Borena people. The Borena people have a long-existed tradition that help them take logical turns in utilizing available resources such as grass and water during such dry and challenging seasons. According to this norm, the community members with more number of cattle would be given priority. The area reforested by OFLP’s support has, hence, added viable opportunity for the community to get access to feed for their cattle and to go through the impact of climate change that affected the area and put the lives of their livestock at risk.
According to the community and Ato Bulo, three years ago, the Ola Diribo A/R site was a bare communal land. Now, it is becoming a forest land and the weather is much more convenient as compared to the neighboring areas that are still bare. “I would like to advise other people to protect forest and not to cut trees as life is so difficult without them. “ said Ato Bulo while summarizing his views as a member of the Borena community and part of the Ola Diribo AR group.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program is Oromia National Regional State's programmatic umbrella and coordination platform for multi-sector, multi-partner intervention on all forested landscapes in Oromia. The Program is hence strives to insure sustainable and low carbon development through promoting community-based forest management/investment and enhancing carbon stock across Oromia.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program has conducted a two days’ stakeholders’ Exposure visit. The delegation composed of representatives of key regional implementing sectors, heads of Environmental Protection Authority of eleven zones and OFLP staff has visited selected World Bank financed Afforestation/Reforestation and Participatory Forest Management sites in Buno Bedele and Elu Ababora zones.
Coordinator of the Oromia Forested Landscape Program Ato Taye Dugasa speaking at the onset of the event said the objective of the visit was to publicize key program accomplishment and expand typical lessons in the areas of Afforestation/Reforestation, Participatory Forest Management and livelihood activities carried out by the program in the two zones. He added the event also aims to discuss with members of community-based Organizations and the local community ways of further strengthening forest development activities in the selected areas and sustaining the so far outcomes.
During same event, four Afforestation/Reforestation and one participatory Forest Management sites were visited. Socho Mikael Afforestation/Reforestation site, located in Bedele wereda, was one of Afforestation/Reforestation sites visited by the delegation. Members of ‘Abdi Jireenya’ Forest Development cooperative’ have successfully reforested seven hectares of severely degraded land in the area. The cooperative was established in 2017 and now has 65 members. Moreover, it has received over 126,000 ETB as OFLP livelihood support which helped members engage in animal fattening. They have also started beekeeping activity by the support of local partners.
The delegation has discussed with members of the Cooperative and the local community, ways of further strengthening forest development activities in the area and ensuring sustainability of the outcomes on the ground. Chairman of the cooperative Ato Mitiku Regasa said he and members of his cooperative are so glad to see the area completely converted.
‘‘Few years ago, this area had been a dead plot as it had been harshly eroded for decades and finally reached the level where it could be used for nothing. As a result of continuous support from OFLP and members’ hard work, however, it has been drastically recovered and converted into forest. We are so glad for that.‘‘
He added that, he and all members of the cooperative are highly encouraged by the support they got from the program and that they would work hard to further strengthen the activities and scale up their income so as to enhance the livelihood of the members.
Delegation Discussing with CBO members and local community on spot
Socho Mikael A/R site, Bedele Zone
The event was winded up by a panel discussion organized in Metu Town of Elu Ababora zone. The panel mainly focused on ways of further advancing and sustaining the outcomes on the ground and elaborating lessons generated. Participants of the event hence, said they were so impressed with what they have observed and that they have captured so valuable lesson which they would apply at their respective localities.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program envisages to Reduce Green House Gases Emission from the land sector through supporting community-based Afforestation/Reforestation and Participatory forest management among other strategic interventions.
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) has organized a one day consultation in Nekemte Town and discussed ways of further deepening landscape-level coordination among relevant actors and partners in the South Western Cluster. Participants from respective government sectors, NGOs and initiatives agreed to harmonize efforts to a high level to insure efficient Carbon emission reduction while improving the livelihood of the local people across the cluster.
The objective of the event was to discuss ways of intensifying and strengthening landscape-level coordination among relevant actors and partners across the seven zones in the cluster:(Jima,EAB,B/Bedele, East Welega, West Welega, Kelem Welega and Horo Guduru Welega) through creating viable platform for discussion and exchange of experiences.
Ato Taye Dugasa, representative of OFLP coordinator, speaking at the onset of the event reminded OFLP’s core objectives, intervention modalities, major achievements and development of Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement negotiation. Meantime, he stressed that now is a crucial time when all actors and partners need to deepen coordination. He, therefore, urged participants to act in harmony toward a comprehensive result that would help insure effective Green House Emission reduction at the landscape level.
On same occasion, representatives of OFLP western cluster, Green LAND, World Vision, and Ethio wetlands, among others initiatives, have presented their experiences. Among these valuable experiences, Ato Gemechu Senbeto, project manager of Green LAND, presented a new technology his project is introducing to the local community. The technology is focused on making bricks out of mud for house construction at household level. Ato Gemechu explained that the new practice helps to reduce deforestation as it enables people use mud-made bricks instead of cutting trees to build houses.
Finally, due discussion was made on way of enhancing coordination to a high level for an efficient Carbon emission reduction while improving the livelihood of the local people across the cluster. On top of that, Participants agreed to work in a more harmonized way.
OFLP is Oromia National Regional State's programmatic umbrella and coordination platform for multi-sector, multi-partner intervention on all forested landscapes in Oromia. The Program is hence working to insure sustainable and low carbon development through promoting sustainable forest investment/ management and enhancing carbon stock across Oromia.
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