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Emergency flood action in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

Emergency flood action in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Emergency flood action in Amhara Regional State

Target areas:

Ambassel, Antsokia Gemza, Ephrata Gidim, Habru and Shewa Robit woredas of eastern Amhara Region.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 400 000
Implementation:
15/03/2012-15/09/2012
Project code:
OSRO/ETH/201/CHA
Objective:

To protect the lives and livelihoods of flood-affected households in five woredas of eastern Amhara Region, through the provision of physical and biological flood mitigation measures on ten rivers and their tributaries.

Key partners:

The project was jointly implemented by the Government of Ethiopia, FAO and World Vision Ethiopia.

Beneficiaries reached:

136 000 people protected from flooding and 4 840 people prevented from being displaced during the rainy season.

Activities implemented:
  • Constructed 26 586 m3 of gabion structures (121 percent of the planned amount), using 13 293 gabion boxes and 13 293 kg of gabion tying wire.
  • Constructed 166 514 m3 of soil embankments (246 percent of the planned amount).
  • Built 5 530 m of riverbanks on 14 rivers in six woredas.
  • Procured and planted locally-available multipurpose plants, including jatropha, sisal, napier grass cuttings and seedlings, sesbania sesban and pigeon pea seed.
  • Trained 1 196 beneficiaries on flood early warning and preparedness; physical and biological flood mitigation measures; and watershed management practices.
  • Distributed 850 flood mitigation tools to the target communities.
  • Conducted inception and familiarization workshops to increase community participation in the project.
  • Established a joint flood mitigation coordination committee at the regional level to enhance cooperation and synchronization of project implementation.
Impact:
  • Protected 136 000 people and 9 500 ha of farm and grazing lands against flooding.
  • Prevented the displacement of 4 840 people during the rainy season.
  • A total of 1 196 individuals have gained sufficient knowledge with regards to flood hazard monitoring and development of mitigation measures.
  • Strengthened riverbanks with biological measures, such as the planting of grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as area closure of flood-prone watersheds.