Welcome to Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF)!


ECFF has been implementing various projects with different partner organizations since its establishment. Notable ones include the Conservation and use of the wild populations of Coffea arabica in the montane rainforests of Ethiopia, CoCE, in collaboration with the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn and the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (IBC). For more, read www.coffee.uni-bonn.de The project was financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

On going research projects

1. The role of institutions for forest resource and livelihood management in East African forest landscapes (IFLEA). This is a collaborative research project between four East African Countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and the Center for Development ResearchDeforestation and food insecurity in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are threatening the sustainability of livelihoods in forest landscapes. Most frequent and underlying causes are market-, policy- or institutional failures.

The objective of this project is therefore, to strengthen research capacities to better understand the role of institutions and institutional change for sustainable natural resource management and livelihoods in East African forest landscapes.

The existing research network on forests and institutions (IFRI), which began in 1993 and which includes partners from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, has produced pioneer knowledge on the importance of institutions for sustainable livelihoods in forest landscapes. The proposed project will strengthen the capacities of this network by training MSc and PhD students, supporting research, enhancing network linkages, and incorporating Ethiopia as a new member to the network. For more, read www.iflea.uni-bonn.de

2. Sustainable use and conservation coffee genetic resources: Coffee, People and Environment (COPE): The objectives of the COPE project are to

  1. Assess the genetic variability of the wild and cultivated coffee populations.
  2. Promote in situ conservation of coffee genetic resources in wild as well as on farm.
  3. Establish model in situ gene banks on farm and on degraded forest areas and
  4. Monitor ongoing in situ conservation activities. This project is funded by the Ernesto Illy Foundation.