The Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI) is an autonomous federal research institute established with the following four main objectives (Regulation No. 327/2014):
- Identify, import, adapt, utilize and generate technologies that significantly contribute to forest development and environmental protection focusing on the priorities of the country and demand of users.
- Coordinate the environment and forest research activities carried out by environment and forest research centers or higher learning institutes and other related facilities conducting research on the basis of contract.
- Build capacity and establish a system that enables the environment and forest research activities to be efficient, effective and development-oriented.
- disseminate the environment and forest research outputs to users.
EEFRI’s headquarter is located in Addis Ababa, Yeka Sub City, Wereda 9 (Gurd Shola), behind Athletics Federation and in front of Ethiopian Construction works corporation building.
EEFRI Establishment and History
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 to the then Ministry of Natural Resources Development and Environmental Protection in 1992 and again re-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 (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 (now Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)).
Then, the Government of Ethiopia found it necessary to give due attention to activities of environmental protection and forest development, protection and utilization by linking forest research with environmental protection research at an institutional level for the attainment of the objectives of the Government that resulted in the establishment of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
EEFRI was established on December 26, 2014 by Regulation No. 327/2014.