Morning Session, 27 November 2003
Chairperson: Ato Berhanu Debele,
Former Vice Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture
ATO BERHANU OPENED THE FLOOR FOR ANY COMMENTS RELATED TO WORKING GROUP PRESENTATION OR THE WORKSHOP IN GENERAL. SOME OF THE MAJOR POINTS RAISED INCLUDE:
There is very high urban agriculture within the Lake Tana basin, which could be incorporated into the project.
A number of school-leaving students could be trained and be used in becoming service providers and connecting to the job creation process rather than overburdening the land. A large number of school dropouts and leavers go back to rural areas. Efforts should be made in terms of training and practical skill development so that young people can find employment.
Participants agreed to do a listing of important studies done in the specific topics discussed by each working group and send such information to ARARI in the future.
Participants debated on the merits of whether to go forward with projects identified by the three working groups as separate projects or link them under one umbrella.
There was clear consensus that the Simen Mountains National Park should be submitted as a separate project since there is a separate window of funding for it under mountain ecosystem. A number of participants also suggested that the Lake Tana watershed management and the Borkena-Robi watershed management should be pursued separately while some suggested the merit of combining them under one bigger umbrella since both are covered and eligible for funding under GEF operational programme #15 (sustainable land management). It was finally agreed that the Workshop organizers (particularly Dr Alemneh and Dr Gete) should decide on how best to proceed on this matter after consulting the GEF Secretariat and other relevant people in the donor community.