Progress Meeting
Addis Ababa
July 15, 2015

 

Progress and implementation of Ethiopia’s National Economic Valuation of its forests were discussed in Addis Ababa, 15 July at an inter-ministerial workshop. The objective of the progress workshop was to present initial findings of the national economic valuation study and to discuss the questionnaire of the socio-economic valuation study ahead of the survey in rural areas.

There was a rich discussion among participants who representatives several government ministries, including the Ministry of Finance and Economic and Development, and the Ministry of Environment and Forests; as well as research organizations and non-governmental organizations. This focus on: 1) better understand what valuation techniques are used in the national economic valuation study and to create buy-in and support for that; 2) seek feedback from participants on additional sources of data and information for the valuation study; 3) how the eventual results can be used as part of the national REDD+ process in Ethiopia.

The analysis will lead to enhanced understanding about the contribution of Ethiopia’s forest ecosystem services to the country’s gross-domestic product, established under the System of National Accounts (SNA), and the value of forest ecosystem services currently not captured under the SNA following the United Nations System of Environmental–Economic Accounting approach and guidelines on Experimental Ecosystem Accounting.  

The discussion of the socio-economic valuation study centered on understanding how the survey will be conducted and what types of questions can be added or altered to ensure a rich data set and quality analysis. The socio-economic analysis constitutes a survey that will be carried out in 30 districts throughout Ethiopia to gauge how important forests ecosystem goods and services are for the livelihoods of the communities that depend on those. It will contribute to a better understanding of how forest ecosystem services are being used in the predominately informal economy for products including fuelwood and building materials.