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Frontieri has deployed a total of 42 Field staffs to conduct data collection for “A Baseline and Feasibility study on forestry and livelihoods in REDD+ Investment”, a project implemented for the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) with a financial aid of UNDP.

The team of filed experts includes seven supervisors, twenty one enumerators, seven qualitative researchers and seven spatial data collectors. The team received six days of training before deployment on how to properly collect relevant and trustworthy information, as per the questionnaire.

The baseline survey and feasibility assessment will cover 108 kebeles in 54 selected Woredas in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regional states. The overall objective of this baseline study is to undertake a baseline study and feasibility assessment on forestry, land use and livelihood options for 54 REDD+ Investment Program (RIP-A/R) woreda landscapes of Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regions implementing A/R and ANR activities.

The study will investigate the current agricultural production and livelihood systems and productivity especially in relation to the pressure it exerts on forest resources, major livelihood schemes and household biomass energy demand. Further, the baseline study will investigate the gaps/constraints/opportunities for the development of improved livelihoods, sustainable forest development and management through A/R and ANR activities, climate-smart agricultural practices and recommend concrete intervention options in each of the 54 selected Woredas.

The baseline study will make suggestions for both improved subsistence of communities through livelihood stabilization and reducing pressure upon forests. Specifically, the feasibility study will look at proposing options for more effective agriculture and livestock production; increasing income from forest areas, especially through A/R and ANR interventions, agroforestry development and identify areas important for enhanced community forestry development.