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A consultative workshop was held.

Tourism is one of the economic reform pillars of the country; in this sector, protected areas are fundamental to diversifying and nature-oriented tourism.

The Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Mr. Kumera Wakjira, delivered an opening speech at the workshop and mentioned that the Authority has recognized the need for alternative management and financing mechanisms to meet the objectives of its protected areas. He clarifies that EWCA has expressed a strong interest in involving the private sector in protecting area management, aligning with legal dispositions such as the new public-private partnership (PPP) proclamation.

He also pointed out that the Wildlife Conservation Proclamation 541/2008 allowed the private sector to access tourism facilities and infrastructure within protected areas to ensure financial returns and home-grown economic reform, and the authority explicitly demonstrates the need for private sector engagement in utilizing protected areas’ potential by optimizing the capacity for tourist accommodation and other facilities.

The workshop seeks to establish the viability of engaging private partners by gaining a deeper comprehension of the actual circumstances surrounding protected areas to inform policymakers, ultimately augmenting the advantages derived from protected areas at local, regional, national, and international levels, as Mr. Kumera mentioned.

The workshop aimed to discuss the means to engage private partners in the management of Ethiopia’s protected areas system. Hereby, different topics, such as the challenges of protected area management in Ethiopia, the prospects of the public-private partnership (PPP), the legal elements of the PPP model in Ethiopia, and other related topics, were presented and discussed.

The workshop was organized by GFA-GIZ in collaboration with EWCA, and participants from public, private, and international organizations participated in the workshop.

Tourism is one of the economic reform pillars of the country; in this sector, protected areas are fundamental to diversifying and nature-oriented tourism.

The Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Mr. Kumera Wakjira, delivered an opening speech at the workshop and mentioned that the Authority has recognized the need for alternative management and financing mechanisms to meet the objectives of its protected areas. He clarifies that EWCA has expressed a strong interest in involving the private sector in protecting area management, aligning with legal dispositions such as the new public-private partnership (PPP) proclamation.

He also pointed out that the Wildlife Conservation Proclamation 541/2008 allowed the private sector to access tourism facilities and infrastructure within protected areas to ensure financial returns and home-grown economic reform, and the authority explicitly demonstrates the need for private sector engagement in utilizing protected areas’ potential by optimizing the capacity for tourist accommodation and other facilities.

The workshop seeks to establish the viability of engaging private partners by gaining a deeper comprehension of the actual circumstances surrounding protected areas to inform policymakers, ultimately augmenting the advantages derived from protected areas at local, regional, national, and international levels, as Mr. Kumera mentioned.

The workshop aimed to discuss the means to engage private partners in the management of Ethiopia’s protected areas system. Hereby, different topics, such as the challenges of protected area management in Ethiopia, the prospects of the public-private partnership (PPP), the legal elements of the PPP model in Ethiopia, and other related topics, were presented and discussed.

The workshop was organized by GFA-GIZ in collaboration with EWCA, and participants from public, private, and international organizations participated in the workshop.

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