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Title CoCE – Conservation and use of wild populations of Coffea arabica in the montane rainforests of Ethiopia: An overview

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Short title CoCE – an overview

Author(s) CoCE Team

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Institution(s) University of Bonn, Germany; ECFF, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; IBC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Addis Ababa University; EIAR, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Keywords BioTeam; research topics, implementation-oriented activities

Abstract CoCE is a research project under the umbrella of the BMBF-funded program "BioTeam - "Biosphere Research – Integrative and Application-Oriented Model Projects" focusing on the conservation and sustainable use of wild coffee in southwestern Ethiopia. Since 2002, research and implementation-oriented activities are jointly carried out by German and Ethiopian institutions, amongst others, University of Bonn, Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (IBC, Addis Ababa), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and Addis Ababa University. In the first project phase (2002-2006), the activities of the project included (1) studies on the floristic diversity of Afro-montane rainforests with occurrences of wild coffee populations, (2) molecular analyses as a basis for managing the genetic diversity of the wild coffee, (3) studies on water stress adaptation of wild coffee populations along a climatic gradient, (4) a survey of fungal pathogens in wild coffee populations and the selection of disease-tolerant coffee types, (5) an assessment of the economic value of the gene pool of wild coffee and its forest habitat, and (6) analyses of institutional factors influencing the conservation and use of wild coffee. Based on the findings of the first project phase, the activities of the still ongoing second phase (2006-2009) have been planned. These are (1) genetic, phytomedical, ecophysiological and quality studies supporting conservation efforts of wild coffee populations in the montane rainforests, (2) identification of coffee forest areas and their documentation in a coffee forest atlas, (3) developing incentive and financing mechanisms for forest coffee conservation and sustainable use, (4) conservation education, communication and public awareness raising, and (5) expert advice for the implementation of the project results.

Congress Topic Coffee project

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