Proceedings of a policy workshop on Policies to increase forest cover in Ethiopia held on 18-19 September 2007 at Global Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This workshop was first conceived as His Excellency Ato Neway Gebre-Ab requested that the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia highlighted the implications of the far-reaching deforestation that Ethiopia has faced. However, in the preparations of the workshop it became clear that the Ministry of Agriculture had already identified the low degree of forest cover, estimated to 3.5 percent of the land area, as a major concern and that the recent forest policy has set out to increase this area to 9 percent within five years. It was therefore natural to make policies to increase forest cover in Ethiopia the focus of the workshop. It is an important issue for the sustainable development of Ethiopia, but it is also a daunting challenge since it entails reversing a long-standing trend in the face of a rapid increase in population.
Jonse Bane, Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Sisay Nune, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopia
Alemu Mekonnen, Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Randall Bluffstone, Portland State University, USA
Organized by the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE), Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Ethiopia
Sponsored by Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative at Gӧteborg University, Sweden
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