The partnership was instigated on a meeting organized by The Ministry in Adama. Since then, a Steering Committee has been formed to lead this partnership and serve as a bridge between the broader ChS sector and The Ministry. The Committee has provided input for the draft 10 year forest strategy. It also met with H.E Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam to discuss on ways the two national bodies can come together and work for a shared vision.
On December 22, 2016, ChS representative Steering Committee members met with the newly assigned Minister of MEFCC, Dr. Gemeda and H.E expressed his commitment to work closely with CSOs.