CSRC Forests and Wetlands Projects

Wild Coffee Conservation and PFM Project (WCC-PFM)

Project Results

The overall results of the project will include:

  • Recognition of the value of a PFM approach for in-situ conservation of wild coffee;
  • Strengthened capacity in communities and in government agencies for using a participatory approach to coffee biodiversity conservation;
  • Community based organizations established for PFM activities and in-situ conservation of the coffee genetic resources;
  • Participatory forest management (PFM) methods fine-tuned and applied for co-management of forest to ensure conservation of wild coffee biodiversity;
  • Livelihoods strengthened through improved market linkages, payments for environmental services and ecotourism;
  • Land management regimes for long-term sustainable use of forest and farm land;
  • Support for policy development linking PFM to biodiversity conservation in the region, federally and more widely in African forest situations.

This shows that the PFM approach is maintaining the forest and its wild coffee, but also helping reduce poverty in the forest fringe communities.

This approach, which empowers and trusts the local communities, is a new way of addressing the challenge of sustaining biodiversity conservation in the long term, without continuing projects or high levels of government funding for guards etc. By granting of clear forest rights and revenues to communities, PFM provides an economic motivation to match the responsibility of protecting the wild coffee

Traditional bee hive nestled in a tree to produce another forest product-honey.

Shops selling honey and other non-timber products in a town in the coffee forest.

Busy ‘Coffee Town’ in South West Ethiopia.