Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute

Establishment and background history

Organized forestry research in Ethiopia was started by the establishment of Forestry Research Center (FRC) and the then Wood Utilization Research Center (WUARC) in 1975 and 1979, respectively, under the Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Development Authority (FaWCDA). The centers were incorporated into the then Ministry of Natural Resources Development and Environmental Protection in 1992 and again transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1995.

The Federal Government of Ethiopia reorganized the National Agricultural Research System and established the then Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO) in 1997 by proclamation (Negarit Gazeta, 1997). As a result, FRC and WUARC were transferred to EARO as one research center (FRC), and one of the research sectors of EARO, which is now renamed as the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR).

Then, the Government of Ethiopia found it necessary to give due attention to activities of environmental protection, forest development, protection and utilization activities by linking forest research with environmental protection research at an institutional level for the attainment of the objectives of the Government which led to the establishment of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

EEFRI was established on December 26, 2014 by Regulation No. 327/2014.



Mission, Vision & Values


To import and adapt relevant technologies and to conduct and coordinate
research in the areas of environment, forest and climate change, thereby
generate and disseminate suitable technologies and information for end users
to fulfill the high demand for forest products, safe environment and climate
resilient green growth of the country.


To be one of the top five research institutions in environment, forestry and
climate change research in Africa by 2025.

Core Values

EEFRI is guided by the following core values/principles:

  1. Transparency
  2. Creativity
  3. Accountability
  4. Efficiency and effectiveness
  5. Team spirit
  6. Credibility
  7. Responsiveness
  8. Ethical research

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