Map of Ethiopia Ethiopia

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:


Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


Ethiopia is a country with high annual deforestation rate of around 0.93%. Recent estimates indicate that Ethiopia’s high-forest has declined from nearly 40% of land cover a century ago, to approximately 3.6%. To address this, Ethiopia has committed to developing REDD+. The government submitted a REDD+ Program Idea Note (R-PIN) in 2008 and a final REDD+ Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy in 2011 to spearhead national efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. A national REDD+ strategy is expected to be finalized during REDD+ Readiness implementation. In 2014, the subnational Ethiopian regional state of Oromia entered into an agreement with the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) to undertake a multi-year, jurisdiction-wide REDD+ emissions reduction program. The ISFL is managed by the World Bank, and its work in Oromia is funded by Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Financing flows and institutions receiving funds committed for REDD+ activities in Ethiopia:

Commitments to first and second recipients, 2009-2014


Annual commitments to first recipients by institution type and year

  • Commitments to first and second recipients, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    The Government of Ethiopia was the primary recipient of REDD+ funding committed through 2014. Overall, 66% of funds committed from 2009 through 2014 were directed to the government of Ethiopia, with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) scheduled to receive nearly 100% of these funds. International NGOs were scheduled to receive 19% of total funding; these included Farm Africa, and the German-based Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). World Bank management costs associated with its handling of the BioCarbon Fund ISFL funding were estimated to be around US$3 million, which is displayed in this chart as an international consortium. Finally, Ethio Wetlands, an Ethiopian NGO, was scheduled to receive 7% of total funding.

    Through 2014, REDDX tracking did not reveal any funding being passed on from first recipients to additional second recipients, signaling either that first recipients planned to utilize the majority of the funding themselves through direct implementation of activities, or that more time was needed for them to develop plans to contract other entities to fulfill a portion of the work.

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  • Annual commitments to first recipients by institution type and year

    Chart Description

    An annual breakdown of funding committed to first recipients shows that over the period 2009-2014, the government of Ethiopia received the majority of REDD+ finance commitments, receiving particularly large commitments in 2014 from Norway and the BioCarbon Fund ISFL. Internatonal NGOs received relatively large commitments in 2009 and 2012, while an Ethiopian NGO and the Ethiopian government also received significant commitments in 2012. World Bank BioCarbon Fund ISFL expected management costs are shown in 2014, categorized as international consortia, since much of this funding will presumably be paid to external consultants and a variety of actors. No new REDD+ finance commitments to Ethiopia were identified in 2010 or 2013, and only a very small commitment was made in 2011.

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