From the German DW 12/13/2012 - The Last Wild Coffee Forests - Home to diverse wildlife and coffee plants, Ethiopia’s cloud forests are under a preservation order. But the local population can live from the forest – in a sustainable way.
Project goal: Preservation and sustainable farming of the last wild coffee forests
Project type: Reforestation, educating and training the local population
Project size: 760,000 hectares of forest land under conservation order
Project volume: ca. 3 million euros ($3.9 million) in the framework of the International Climate Initiative
CO2-balance: The wild coffee forests store 600,000 tons of CO2 annually
In 2010, after a long battle, the wild coffee forests of Ethiopia were put under a conservation order. Home to 5,000 different kinds of coffee plant, the UNESCO biosphere reservation is a truly unique genetic treasure, boasting rich biodiversity. Work done in the region ranges from securing the forest, to harvesting coffee, to tourist sector jobs. In addition, several hundred hectares of forest are being replanted with both fast-growing and indigenous trees. Educating the local population about such things as the benefits of using wood-saving stoves is important. But even more important is coffee, which - given the growing worldwide interest in diverse bean types - is a good source of income. The local population is thus beginning to understand it is worth taking care of the forest instead of exploiting it. A film by Jürgen Schneider at http://www.dw.de/the-last-wild-coffee-forests/a-16444020