Director General Message

Dear Users,
On behalf of the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI), I welcome you to our official “portal”!

Ethiopia is endowed with diverse flora, fauna, micro-organisms and beautiful landscapes that harbor a mosaic of life forms. However, the forests, woodlands, shrub-lands, grasslands and their habitats have been subject of over-exploitation and destruction for agricultural investment, settlement and large scale projects. Pollution has become one of the devastating threats to human life, the environment and biodiversity worldwide. The changing climate, caused by deforestation, emission of gasses from industries and other sectors is threatening our country and the world at large.

Globally, the issues of deforestation, pollution and climate change have been recognized as serious threats to human well-being and the environment in general. Ethiopia is part and parcel of the world, where any changes in the climatic as well as environmental conditions worldwide have potential impacts on our country. This has been evident in the events of drought, flood and disease we witnessed so far in Ethiopia. To reverse and halt such potential threats, research and production of convenient packages of information and technology are recognized as plausible solutions.

On the other hand, as part of the Green Growth Strategy, Ethiopia aspires to increase the forest cover of the country to 20% by 2020; where 22 million hectares of degraded land is expected to be rehabilitated by 2030. EEFRI is expected to contribute its own share for this credible task and we have to strengthen our capacity to deliver what is expected from us.

EEFRI’s website is believed to deliver the key scientific messages, news, and information and technology packages as soon as they are available to all concerned. You are welcome for any comments and suggestions that will enhance our website as well as the works of our Institute.

Let’s join our hands for a better future, Ethiopia!
Abiyot Berhanu (PhD)
Director General