Strengthening implementation of the Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve: A model site for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development (June 2013-November 2017) supported by Austrian development Cooperation
The project implemented at Illu Abba Bora and Buno Bedele zone in six woredas (Chora, Dorani, Yayo, Hurumu, Bilo-Nopha, and Alge_Sachi) with financial support of Austria Development Cooperation. The project aims at contributing to sustainable development through strengthening institutional capacities to implement biosphere reserve management plans and support efforts to improve the livelihoods of the local community. The main purposes are strengthening institutional capacity of biosphere reserve and well as livelihood improvements through sustainable and equitable natural resources use and management. Main activities focus on capacity building, sustainable resources management standards, products quality improvement and market linkage. Project partners are government institutions and community organizations. The YCFBR covers a total area of 167,021 ha, spanning over parts of six woredas (districts). Over 150,000 people reside in the biosphere reserve, and derive their livelihoods from managed coffee forests and agriculture.
Target group, beneficiaries
Direct project beneficiaries of this project are local community members, farmers, groups/cooperatives and cooperative unions, youth, women, beekeepers, and government agencies and staff members active in biosphere reserve management. And indirect beneficiaries are farmers and community members in the area who learn from their neighbors and adopt sustainable development practices, coffee suppliers, input suppliers and private companies who benefit from the profit margins as product quality and prices increase, and local demand for inputs increases.
Local project partners
ECFF work closely with Regional/Zonal/Woreda offices of Oromia Finance and Economic Development Commission, Oromia Forest and Wildlife Enterprise (OFWE), Oromia Bureau of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BoA&NR), Oromia Cooperatives Promotion Agency (OCPA) and Oromia Livestock & Fishery Resource Development Bureau (OL&FHDB).
Review: what has been accomplished so far
-The project increase awareness about the role of the Biosphere Reserve in conservation, sustainable development (SD) and innovative research for sustainable development.
-The project establishing strong NTFPs producers and marketing cooperatives, in collaboration with Regional / Zonal / Woreda Cooperatives Promotion Offices (CPO)
- Under the project thirty (30) among which 19 newly established and existing Multipurpose Cooperatives (8,191 members) were strengthened through various capacity building actions in technical training and material support in all six woredas.
- Twelve honey producer cooperatives established involving 205 members and strengthened through various capacity building.
- The project supports the establishment of women and youth groups to engage them in commercial fruits, seed production, coffee nursery management, spice and in agroforestry.
- The project strengthens the existing union, Sorgeba Union through different capacity building and construction of warehouses for its member cooperatives. And support of the union with honey processing and packaging.
- The project has created different income generation opportunities for the community thereby contributing to the conservation and sustainable development of YCFBR.
-The project support the value chains of major non-timber forest products development, products qualities improved, and recognized in the market.
- Capacity building actions done for 30 multi-purpose cooperatives include sun-dried coffee processing and post-harvest handling methods. Inputs provided cooperatives to boost quality coffee production.
- The project provided support to target farmers/farmers groups in improved spices production and value addition and honey producers cooperatives in modern beekeeping and honey value addition processing.
- It provided honey processing tools and equipment for honey Producer cooperatives. It constructed shade for expansion area of apiculture and two small local shops for two honey producer cooperative to sell honey and bee wax products.
Local collaboration and sustainability
The project has made great effort to ensure sustainability of project impacts from the inception in selecting the types of interventions that will have the support of policies and strategies of the local, regional and national governments and are beneficial to target communities and that have attracted the attention of international agencies like UNESCO. In addition, implementation approaches used (Full participation of local partners & the community), institutional and community capacity building were envisaged contributors to sustainability of project impact.
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