Building the national capacity and knowledge on climate change resilient actions in Ethiopia

At a glance

2012-01-01 to 2016-01-01
Completed programmes
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Min. of Agriculture (MoA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Total budget
9,70 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

In Ethiopia, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns have already been observed. As a consequence, the alteration of the agro-ecological factors has been accelerated with high human pressures on natural resources. In short or medium terms, these changing conditions could seriously hamper the economic growth of the country as its main drivers for economic development, the agriculture sector, is highly climate sensitive. To deal with these negative impacts, the Ministry of Environment and Forest is designated to coordinate and mainstream climate change related concerns into socio-economic development initiatives.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
9,700,000.00 €

Overall objective

Contribute towards achieving Ethiopia's Climate Resilient Green Economy through capacity building and sustainable land management.

Specific objective

Specific objective: to increase the awareness and capacity of targeted Government institutions both at federal and regional levels and of the rural population at large to deal with climate change.


The GCCA project is expected to deliver the following result: Climate change activities in the context of the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy have successfully been field tested in the areas of the Sustainable Land Management (SLM) programme of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

Climate change activities in the context of CRGE have successfully been field tested in the areas of the SLM program of the MoA.

Achievements to date

Climate smart relevant activities in the context of Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy have successfully been field-tested in selected areas of SLM, analyzed and documented for up-scaling. Main activities include but are not limited to:

  • Piloting diverse "Climate Resilient Green Agriculture" (CRGA) and specifically climate-smart innovations, and lock-in strategies;
  • ensuring that measures deliver adaptation, mitigation and economic objectives simultaneously and emphasize 'business as un-usual' in comparison from standard SLM practice ensuring that selection of target farmers is random and that participating farmers are as representative of the wider community as possible;
  • examining two different types of delivery mechanisms including providing improved access to markets and simulating carbon-financing; the pilots reveal which practices deliver the target actions most successfully and cost-effectively;
  • providing lessons regarding promising measures and delivery mechanisms for use in future climate finance bids involving small-scale farming communities
  • monitoring, analyzing and documenting the pilots which should be fitting with the framework used for GIZ`s ongoing work with the SLMP
  • conducting a rapid assessment comparing pilot and non-pilot areas to demonstrate the gains from vigorous climate-smart measures in terms of adaptation, mitigation, food security/rural livelihoods;
  • maintaining an active dialogue with the government authorities and donor partners involved to ensure the evolving pilot findings are shared

The results of the project are incredible. We are witnessing great success in reducing soil erosion, increased biomass for livestock and reducing expansion of gully formation.’

Member of Yezat Watershed Committee, Central Highlands of Ethiopia, discussing the existing Sustainable Land Management project outcomes, on which the GCCA-supported intervention builds