Establishment

The Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF) is an Ethiopian Resident Charity registered and Licensed on November 5, 2009 by the Charities and Societies Agency of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (Registration No. 0378) in accordance with the Charities and Societies Proclamation No. 521/2009. Originally, ECFF was established on November 9, 2005 as per the Ethiopian penal Code No. 404 issued in 1960 (Registration No. 2396), with the name Ethiopian Coffee Forest Forum. The Charity was established by a group of professionals, prominent individuals, scholars, and community leaders, in order to strengthen and promote networking among different institutions and organizations involved in the conservation and use of forest resources in Ethiopia.

Vision

ECFF strives to be a leading civil society organization in conservation research, education, communication and sustainable use of coffee/ forest, and thereby contribute to biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, social equity and policy dialogue in Ethiopia.

 

Mission

ECFF’s mission is to develop strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of the coffee genetic resources, forest ecosystems and the environment in order to improve the livelihoods of local communities.

Values

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Genuine and mutual partnership

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Humanity

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Neutrality

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Gender equity and equality

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People centered

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Commitment

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Loyalty

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Team spirit

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Responsive to challenges of environmental and climate change

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Multi-sect oral Partnership

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Transparency , accountability and  value for money

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Learning , innovation and adaptation

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Shared understanding

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Efficiency and effectiveness

Objectives

  • to generate knowledge that fosters the conservation and judicious management of coffee forests and their biodiversity in Ethiopia,
  • to design coffee forest management systems and standards that enhance the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources by the local communities,
  • to evaluate production practices of forest coffee and other non-timber forest products based on international standards,
  • to design mainstreaming system of local livelihood diversification and environmental monitoring,
  • to strengthen the capacity of government sectors, local community and other stakeholders that help to cope with climate changes,
  • to propose ecosystems management systems and standards that improve sustainable use of natural resources,
  • to provide scientific information and expert advice on biodiversity and environmental issues to policy makers,
  • to collect and disseminate information on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and coffee forests,
  • to educate and train young researchers and environmentally aware citizens to meet the current challenges of environmental change,
  • to create awareness and a joint discussion forum for governmental and non-governmental organizations and those involved in the conservation and use of coffee forest resources.