REDD+ has been introduced as a major investment instrument and is one of the four fast-track programs for realizing targets set in the CRGE strategy. The rationale behind the program is increasing the forest cover of the country through Afforestation/Re-afforestation (A/R) and Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) activities. Such activities enable protecting, conserving and restoring the existing forest ecosystems. It also strengthens governance, develops local capacities and creates an enabling environment for sustainable forest development. By doing so, the program will have a great contribution in filling the gap in forest resources supply-demand relationships that the nation may encounter soon. Since the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources and the reduction of extreme poverty are intimately connected, the program integrates the livelihood component with the conservation of forest resources.

Both the baseline and feasibility studies will be conducted in 54 pre-determined REDD+ Investment A/R woredas across the four regions (Oromia, Amhara, SNNPR and Tigray). The study will follow a two-stage stratified cluster sampling design to select households for an interview. The sampling frame will be the list of households which will be obtained from each sample Kebele administration.

Frontieri has begun training of enumerators and supervisors on Monday, 02 September 2019 with in-house and outside consultants. The training will be held for five consecutive days. This project will be carried out for the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) through a financial support of the UNDP. Frontieri is thrilled to be part of this assignment.