The Kafa Biosphere Reserve is a beautiful area with much to offer. Impressive natural scenery characterizes the region with its spectacular wildlife and intact evergreen forest, which is the only place in the world where wild coffee (Coffea arabica) grows in abundance. Plentiful water resources form stunning waterfalls, hot springs, and rapids. Outdoor activities include, for example, extensive hiking and trekking opportunities and with almost 300 bird species, Kafa certainly is a bird watching paradise.

 

However, a visit to Kafa is not only recommended because of the natural beauty of the region, but also because of the hospitality and kindness of the people that live there. The people’s cultural traditions and livelihoods largely revolve around the coffee plant, which is very interesting to experience for coffee lovers and non-lovers alike.

 

Ethiopia is considered to be one of the world’s most species-rich countries and a globally significant biodiversity hotspot. The last remaining highland forests have been identified as particularly valuable key ecosystems. However, they have declined dramatically in size.

 

The Kafa Biosphere Reserve in the country’s southwest is home to one of these last natural forest regions in the country and is remarkable for its species diversity and extensive wetlands and floodplain areas.

Furthermore the Kafa region is an area of rich traditions and the birthplace of wild coffea arabica!

 

Together with the Ethiopian government, the NABU project “Biodiversity under climate change: Community-based Conservation, Management and Development Concepts for the wild Coffee Forests“ aims at conserving and restoring afromontane cloud forests and wetlands in order to preserve their ecosystem resilience and unique biodiversity. It also intends to avoid CO2 emissions and secure ecosystem services for the population.

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

The natural beauty, people’s warmth and the ancient traditions ensure an unforgettable stay in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve. Go ahead … Explore Kafa!

 

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