Hawassa Forestry Development Centre


Hawassa Forestry Development Centre (HFDC) is one of the seven newly established Research centres

Mr. Biruk Birhan Zewdie
Director, Forestry Development Centre of Hawassa (HFDC)

administered under the then Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI) and transferred to work under the newly established Ethiopian Forestry Development (EFD) since 14th April,2022. The centre (HFRC) has established in July 8, 2015. Since the centre is at its infant stage, currently has four sub-centres in its mandate areas in Bale, Yabello, Arbaminch and Hossaina administrative zones.

In line with the EFD the centre is responsible for adapting, generating, improving and disseminating technologies in areas of forestry:(plantation and agroforestry, ecosystem management, forest resources utilization, forest protection and Socio-economic, Policy, Extension and Gender in order to fulfil the current and long-term forestry technology requirements in the country.

HFDC is located about 275 km south of Addis Ababa in capital of city of Southern Nations and Nationalities and Regional State (SNNPRs) with latitudinal and longitudinal range of 7º3′ N 38º, 28’E with an altitude range between 1708 and 1920 m.a.s.l. It has a mean annual rainfall and temperature of 953.4 mm and 20.3°C, respectively

Currently, the centre has research sites at Yirgalem, Kore, Kuyera, and Bule Horra for plantation and seed orchard research. In addition to this, the centre is mandated to do problem solving researches on Zones of Borena, Guji, Bale, and some parts of West Arsi Zone, whole parts of SNNPRs (Except Kaffa and Bench Maji Zones) in areas of forestry development.

Biruk Birhan (MSc)

Director, Hawassa Forestry Development Centre

  • Mobile phone: +251 912 156842 /or/ +251 921 437734
  • Office phone : +251 462 120437
  • Personal e-mail: birukb@efd.gov.et /or/ brkbz25@gmail.com

Contact us

Hawassa Forestry Development Centre

  • P.o.box : 1832 Hawassa, Ethiopia
  • Office fixed line : +251 462 120439
  • E-mail: hefrc@efd.gov.et
  • Fax: +251 462 120438

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