Organized forestry research in Ethiopia was started by the establishment of Forestry Research Center (FRC) and the then Wood Utilization Research Center (WUARC) in 1975 and 1979, respectively, under the Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Development Authority (FaWCDA). The centers were incorporated into the then Ministry of Natural Resources Development and Environmental Protection in 1992 and again transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1995.
The Federal Government of Ethiopia reorganized the National Agricultural Research System and established the then Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO) in 1997 by proclamation (Negarit Gazeta, 1997). As a result, FRC and WUARC were transferred to EARO as one research center (FRC), and one of the research sectors of EARO, which is now renamed as the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR).
Then, the Government of Ethiopia found it necessary to give due attention to activities of environmental protection, forest development, protection and utilization activities by linking forest research with environmental protection research at an institutional level for the attainment of the objectives of the Government which led to the establishment of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
EEFRI was established on December 26, 2014 by Regulation No. 327/2014.
A soft copy of EEFRI establishment regulation by council of ministers (PDF).