FZS Ethiopia focuses on the Bale Mountains National Park, part of Ethiopia’s National System of Protected Areas.
The Park is recognized as a biodiversity hotspot with the highest degree of endemism of any park in the country. Its inter-connected ecosystems range from the rare afro-alpine habitat at over 4,000 meters above sea level and descending through the second-largest moist tropical forest in Ethiopia to 1,500 meters above sea level.
FZS is supporting the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority in park management and working to build collaboration with local authorities to establish more effective protected area law enforcement.
At the same time, FZS is working with local development organizations to build a multi-sectoral approach to developing conservation-compatible livelihoods and community-based natural resource management for park-adjacent communities.
- Monitor the status of key ecosystem components
- Develop livelihood options for permanent residents
- Provide vehicles, equipment, and infrastructures to the national park
- Support tourism infrastructure
- Work with communities
- Support UNESCO World Heritage Nomination
Bale Mountains National Park