Dr. Tadesse Gole

Country of current residence


Current position


Current institute employer

Ethiopian Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF)



Office address

P. O. Box 28513
Addis Ababa

Office phone


Previous positions

Manager, Ethiopian Coffee Forest Forum, 10/2005-12/2007 Research Officer, Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, 07/1998-10/1999

Other activities

Associate Editor, Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences


1. Distinguished Foreign Scholar Travel Award: from the International Association for Landscape Ecology- U.S. Regional Chapter, April 2003. 2. Global Development Network (GDN) Medal Finalist: in Health, Environment, and Development Category, January 2003. 3. IUCN/Ford Foundation Small Grants Award, August 2002. 4. African Bird Club Conservation Award 2001

Professional memberships

1. Ethiopian Foresters Association: Member, and Chairman (10/2004-10/2007). 2. Biological Society of Ethiopia: Member 3. Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society: Member




Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Coffee Forest, Coffea arabica


Gole, T.W., T. Borsch, M. Denich and D. Teketay.  2008.  Floristic composition and environmental factors characterizing coffee forests in southwest Ethiopia.  Forest Ecology and Management, 255 (7)   : 2138-2150   .


Gole, T.W. and F. Senbeta.  2007.  Forest coffee production: resource base, management practices and contribution to biodiversity conservation.  In: T.W. Gole and N. Aklilu (eds.): Proceedings of the public meetings on Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) of Ethiopia: a win-win strategy for poverty alleviation and natural resource conservation. Forum for Environment.   52-61. 
Wakjira, D.T. and T.W. Gole.  2007.  Customary Forest Tenure as Social Security in Southwest Ethiopia.  Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 17   : 325-338   .
Wiersum, K.F.; T. W. Gole; F. Gatzweiler; J. Volkmann; E. Bognetteau and Olani Wirtu.  2007.  Certification of wild coffee in Ethiopia: Experiences and challenges.  Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 18-1   : 9-21   .


T.W. Gole.  2004.  Contested rights in conservation and use of forest and coffee genetic resources in Ethiopia. 
T.W.Gole.  2004.  Organic agriculture as a sustainable development alternative to achieve food security. On Modernizing agriculture: a way out of food insecurity? A workshop organized by Biological Society of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, 19-20 February 2004. 


Gole, T.  2003.  Vegetation of the yayu forest in SW Ethiopia: impacts of human use and implications for in situ conservation of wild Coffea arabica.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Math. & Nat. Science, University of Bonn.  Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen   Further Information
Gole, T.W., T. Borsch, M. Denich, W. Barthlott and D. Teketay.  2003.  Forest vegetation of potential gene reserve for Coffea arabica L. in southwest Ethiopia. 
T.W. Gole.  2003.  Vegetation Ecology of the Yayu forest in SW Ethiopia: impacts of human use and implications for in situ conservation of wild Coffea arabica L. populations.  Ecology and Development Series, 10   .
T.W. Gole.  2003.  Conservation and use of coffee genetic resources in Ethiopia: challenges and opportunities in the context of current global situations. 


Gole, T.W. and J.E. Rakotoarisoa.  2002.  Habitat partitioning by two sympatric babbler species in the vicinity of lake Naivasha, Kenya.  Journal of Forestry Research, 13 (2)   .
Gole, T.W., M. Denich, T. Demel and P.L.G. Vlek.  2002.  Human impacts on Coffea arabica genetic pool in Ethiopia and the need for its in situ conservation.  In: J. Engels, V. Ramanatha Rao, A (eds.): Managing plant genetic diversity.   pp 237-247. 
T.W. Gole.  2002.  Conserving coffee and other forest flora in the mountain rainforests of Ethiopia. 
T.W. Gole, M. Denich, T. Borsch, D. Teketay, P. Vlek and W. Barthlott.  2002.  Biophysical criteria for reserve design: the case of coffee gene reserve zoning in Ethiopia. On the 87th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Tucson, Arizona, August 4-9, 2002. 


Gole, T.W. and M. Denich.  2001.  Subsistence in a mountain forest ecosystem: the case of southwest Ethiopia. 
Gole, T.W., D. Teketay, M. Denich and Th. Borsch.  2001.  Diversity of traditional coffee production systems in Ethiopia and their contribution for the conservation of coffee genetic diversity. 
Gole, T.W., T. Demel, S. Edwards and M. Olson.  2001.  A comparative assessment of diversity and density of birds in Chilimo Forest, Ethiopia.  Ostrich supplement, 15   : 216-223   .
T.W. Gole and D. Teketay.  2001.  The forest coffee ecosystems: ongoing crisis, problems and opportunities for coffee gene conservation and sustainable utilization.  Proceedings of a workshop on Imperative Problems Associated with Forestry in Ethiopia. Biological Society of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.   131-142. 


Gole. T.W., T. Demel, S. Edwards and M. Olson.  2000.  Woody plant and avian species diversity in a dry Afromontane forest on the central olateau of Ethiopia: biological indicators for conservation.  Ethiopian Journal of Natural Resources, 2 (2)   .


Gole, T.W.  1999.  The Values of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Bases for Sustainable Development and Maintenance of Healthy Life-support System.  Walia, 20   : 10-18   .


Gole, T.W.  1998.  Diversity of Woody plants and Avifauna in a dry Afromontane forest on the Central Plateau of Ethiopia.  Master of Science Thesis at  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 
Wondafrash, M. and T.W. Gole.  1998.  White-winged Flufftails in the Marshes on Central Plateau of Shoa: Report on 1998 study in Ethiopia.  EWNHS Newsletter, Oct-Dec 1998: 4-6.


Robertson, P.A., Y. Dellelegn, S. Dejene, A. Shimelis, T. Woldemariam and M. Alemayehu.  1997.  Harwoods Francolin Francolinus harwoodi: recent observations on its status, distribution, habitat requirement, behaviour and threats. Bird. 

Gole, T.W., F. Gatzweiler and M. Denich.  Conservation and Use of Wild Populations of Coffea Arabica in the Montane Rainforests of Ethiopia. 

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Tadesse Gole

Former Junior Researcher

Former Department :
ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management

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