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Welcome to the Center of Origin & Diversity, Ethiopia!


Establishment and History

A Plant Genetic Resources Center, Ethiopia (PGRC/E) was initially established in May 1976 through a bilateral technical cooperation agreement between the Governments of Ethiopia and Germany. The main objective was to rescue the country’s plant genetic resources from adverse impacts of various human activities and natural calamities and thereby, support crop improvement programs. In 1998, it was re-established as the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation and Research (IBCR) broadening its mandate and duties to implement Ethiopia’s obligation to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). In 2004, the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (IBC) was amended. Finally, in 2013 the institute has the current structure and renamed as Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI).

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22 May 2015

International Day for Biological Diversity

International Theme: “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”

Venue: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Benishangul Gumuz Region (Click here)

Read about Wetland Biodiversity of Ethiopia

Forest of SW Ethiopia

International Day of Forests : click here 

 “Forests: our Lives, our Future” click here



Vision & Mission


By 2023, EBI will be Center of Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use  in Africa.


Undertake study and research on the proper  conservation of Ethiopia’s Biodiversity and   associated indigenous knowledge; Establish  participatory conservation mechanisms; Ensure fair and equitable Access and Benefit Sharing; Promote sustainable utilization of biodiversity for sustainable development


The Objective of the Institute is to ensure the appropriate Conservation and Utilization of the Country’s Biodiversity.

Forest Biodiversity


Mandates, Duties and Responsibilities

Ethiopia has set clear national policy directives on conservation of biological resources. In the past, conservation efforts focused on plant genetic resources and priority was given to field crops. Since 1998, the Institute was given a wider mandate of conservation and sustainable utilization of all forms of biological resources including plants, animals and microbial genetic resources as well as associated indigenous knowledge. Ecosystem management is also recognized as one of the areas to be given priority.
As to the importance of biodiversity and our dependence on biological resources, conservation efforts give emphasis to local and national needs and values. The Institute, thus, has power and duties related to the conservation and promoting the sustainable utilization of Ethiopia’s biodiversity.
This includes maintaining and developing international relations with bilateral and multilateral bodies having the potential to providing technical assistance. The Institute, on the basis of national legislation, has the responsibility and duty to implement international conventions, agreements and obligations on biodiversity to which Ethiopia is a party.





The Institute consists of five key processes (Directorates), namely: crop and horticulture Biodiversity directorate, Animal Biodiversity directorate, Microbial Biodiversity directorate, Forest and range land plants Biodiversity directorate and Genetic Resources access and benefit sharing directorate; and five support processes, namely: Public Relations, education and Communication directorate, Finance, Procurement and Property Administration directorate, Internal Audit directorate, Plan & Program directorate and Human Resources Development and Administration directorate.
The Institute establishes seven (7) additional biodiversity centers in Metu, Hawasa, Harer, Mekele, Goba, Bahirdar and Asosa, two botanical gardens in Jimma and Shashemene and Fiche duplicate gene bank to enhance the accessibility of biodiversity conservation and research.
The Director General (DG) leads the institute which supported by management commete. The Management Commete consistes of all directorate directors.