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Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority

Ethiopia is home to a wide variety of rare and endangered animal species due to the country’s high biodiversity and beautiful landscapes. Ethiopia’s natural legacy, as well as the country’s ecological balance and sustainable development, depend on the preservation and conservation of its exceptional biodiversity. Ethiopia’s wildlife is both a cultural and commercial asset, since ecotourism

draws visitors and helps the country’s economy thrive.The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) is the country’s primary wildlife protection agency. The EWCA was established in 2008 as a government institution to oversee the protection, administration, and sustainable use of Ethiopia’s fauna. To guarantee the protection and preservation of Ethiopia’s distinctive fauna, the authority plays a crucial role in developing policies, executing conservation plans, and coordinating with other stakeholders.

To build a comprehensive framework for animal conservation, the Ethiopian animal Conservation Authority collaborates closely with local communities, NGOs, and international partners. The EWCA’s goal is to protect the wide variety of animal species and their habitats in the country via a combination of scientific study, public involvement, and law enforcement.

The authority’s principal goals are the conservation of endangered species, the repair and extension of protected areas, and the development of wildlife-based tourism that does not deplete natural resources. The EWCA’s goal is to strike a balance between conservation and the economic and social progress of local people by tackling the threats to Ethiopia’s wildlife.

Rare primates like the gelada baboon may be found in Ethiopia with more well-known animals like the Ethiopian wolf and Walia ibex. Loss of habitat, poaching, and global warming are just a few of the dangers these special creatures face today. The EWCA is working hard to make sure that Ethiopia’s precious wildlife will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority: Mission and Vision

Mission:

To scientifically conserve and manage Ethiopian wildlife and its habitats in collaboration with communities and stakeholders for the ecological, economical and social benefits of the present generation, and pass to the next generation as a heritage.

Vision:

To improve the sense of community ownership to enhance the contribution of wildlife resources for green economic development and eco-system conservation in 2030.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepares written policies and laws for the growth and safe use of wildlife resources and sends them to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Once the Government approves them, they keep an eye on how they are put into place.
  • It creates and manages animal protection areas and keeps an eye on illegal activities that happen in those areas.
  • For foreign visitors, issues hunting permits.
  • Issues permits for the construction of hotels, campgrounds, cabins, and other facilities in places designated as wildlife conservation areas.
  • Issues permits and health certificates, for ¬†export and import any animal or wildlife goods,
  • Controls how wildlife goods are used to make sure they meet the goals of the permit and does effect studies related to those uses.
  • Ensures that wildlife conservation areas are set up in line with international standards to make it easier for the World Conservation Union to register them, and then keeps an eye on how they are run.
  • Sets up foreign relationships with all groups that could help with wildlife protection in technical or other ways.
  • Ensures that treaties to which Ethiopia is a party are implemented. It also creates and sends quarterly reports to the relevant international organisations.
  • Represents the Government at wildlife-related foreign meetings and conferences.
  • Research and training programmes are run, and information on the protection, growth, and use of wildlife is collected, processed, and shared with users.
  • Supports regions in their efforts to grow and use wildlife in a healthy way. When necessary, it gives its powers and tasks to other federal and regional government bodies.
  • Wildlife diseases inside or outside of protected areas are stopped and kept under control.
  • Supervises wildlife protection areas that are run by private owners under deals with the Federal Government.
  • Charges fees for the services it provides based on the rate set by the Government.