Community-based Rangeland Management in Ethiopia's Pastoral Areas

In partnership with Colorado State University, and with support from USAID, the U.S. Forest Service Africa and Middle East Program just completed a review of community-based rangeland management in Ethiopia’s pastoral areas. Click here to read trends, best practices, and recommendations for the future. 

Wood Guide, Mozambique

To stop illegal logging and trade, forest officers need to be able to detect endangered and banned wood species. The USFS partnered with Mozambique university partners to create a Manual De Campo, wood identification guide. READ

Tourism Assessment, Liberia

The U.S. Forest Service conducted an eco-tourism assessment of the Mount Nimba landscape, which includes parts of Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia. The Forest Service assessment focuses on the Liberia side of the Mount Nimba range, much of which used to be an open-pit iron ore mine that was then converted into protected areas – including the East Nimba Nature Reserve and surrounding community forests.  READ

Assessment of Land Use and Ecosystem Services in Zimbabwe

The US Forest Service’s International Programs undertook the first national-scale snapshot of ecosystem services in Zimbabwe. The assessment provides a better understanding of the pressures facing Zimbabwe and examines how these pressures might affect the provision of critical ecosystem services from natural landscapes. READ

Every Drop Counts

A First Assessment of Restoration Impact on Soil Moisture and Water Balance in Jordan’s Rangelands

In Jordan’s rangeland ecosystems, recurring droughts, unsuitable agriculture and overgrazing have led to vegetation and soil degradation. The resulting surface crusting negatively affects rainwater retention and infiltration, speeding up both surface runoff and soil erosion.

The U.S. Forest Service is working with Jordanian partners to stop excessive water runoff and increase soil moisture, leading to groundwater recharge. Read about how they do it and the success they’ve had so far. READ

Our Climate Change Activities

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs promotes opportunities to reduce emissions and address climate change by slowing deforestation rates, curbing forest degradation, increasing carbon storage, and using forests as an alternative and sustainable energy source. Read about the activities our technical experts support across Africa and the Middle East.