Catalyzing Forest Sector Development Programme

Forest Sector Transformation Unit (FSTU)

I. About FSTU

Mr. Tilaye Nigussie
Director, Forest Sector Transformation Unit

Ethiopia’s Climate Resilience Strategy (CRGE) and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), targets aim at increasing forest cover to 25% by 2030, GDP contribution to 8% by 2030, and achieve 130 MMtCO2e emission reduction by 2030; representing approximately 50% of the carbon to be sequestered. Achieving these ambitious targets requires making the following strategic shifts.

  • Unlocking more bankable, innovative, and scalable projects, and strengthen partnership with the private sector and civil society. Greater scale is required to achieve forestry sector goals. This requires unlocking innovative investments in forestry by creating partnerships with forest enterprises, establishing large-scale conservation zones, exploring private-public partnerships such as the development and marketing of premium forest coffee, issuing and implementing a policy on payment for ecosystem services (PES), etc.
  • Developing rigorous project execution capability. Early large-scale successes would be critical to both gain momentum and to generate buy in from government and other stakeholders. Due to the short time frame remaining to meet the 2020 target, the capabilities to flawlessly execute a project need to be rapidly built. Moreover, while regional structures are in place, these would need to be scaled up for implementation of any large programs.
  • Creating improved coordination to facilitate cross-functional collaboration. The CRGE provides this coordination forum, but there is an opportunity to continue to strengthen the interactions between forestry, agriculture, and energy in delivering integrated programs to achieve CRGE goals.

The Forest Sector Transformation agenda is one of the components of the REDD+ Investment Program (RIP) supported by the Royal Norwegian Government and implemented by the EFD.

II. Main objectives of the Forest Sector Transformation Unit (FSTU)

The FSTU’s has the following objectives:

  1. Build and scale-up a pipeline of transformative, high-value forestry innovations that can support Ethiopia in achieving its ambitious forest sector goals. This includes:
  2. Support implementation of initiatives by capacitating the forestry sector through targeted, hands-on support to National, Regional and Woreda teams. This includes:
  3. Provide evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations to EFD and the CRGE Management Committee, as required.
  4. Drive financial reporting and other operational requirements for its activities and programs, including development of annual budget and workplan and annual reporting of results.


1. Mr. Tilaye Nigussie

Director, Forest Sector Transformation Unit

United Nation Development Program


2. Adefires Worku (PhD)

Project Delivery Manager

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3. Mr. Talemos Data

Business Development Manager

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