Photo Credit: Rebecca Jackrel

Coexisting with Ethiopian wolves in the northern highlands of Ethiopia



Ethiopian wolves and other local Afroalpine species risk extinction due to the degradation and loss of habitat. However, habitats can be recovered where communities value and use natural resources sustainably. As a result, both wildlife populations and local livelihoods become more resilient.


  • Mobilize and support local communities in implementing sustainable natural resource uses across 4 mountain ranges in the Amhara National Regional State;
  • Implement alternative livelihoods in 260 households that will reduce pressure upon Afroalpine sources of firewood, including production of highland honey, fuel-saving saving stoves, and growing native grasses;
  • Implement grass plantations that not only benefit the local community economically but also restore the Afroalpine habitat across four areas.


  • Assess the ecological and socio-economic benefits of current management practices, assessing Afroalpine ecosystems and formally evaluating the economic situation using case studies of ongoing alternative livelihoods initiatives;
  • Monitor the impact on wildlife by observing packs of wolves to gather information on pack composition, territory, breeding and unusual behaviors;
  • Promote alternative livelihoods in the form of trainings and in the provision of materials to build structures like modern bee-hives and stove production sheds

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.

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