Bahir Dar University conducts national workshop on Climate Change

Blue Nile Water Institute (BNWI), a pioneer research institute of Bahir Dar University, conducted Ethiopian National Climate Change Assessments; Stakeholder Workshop on Monday 29 June , 2015. The workshop brought together main stakeholders in the subject nationwide; scientists, government officials and civil society members. His Excellency Dr. Teshome Walle, Head of the Amhara Bureau of Agriculture and Dr. Baylie Damtie, President of Bahir Dar University opened the workshop. His Excellency Dr. Teshome Walle, recalled Ethiopia's aspiration for a 64% CO2 emission reduction and appreciated that such stakeholder reports would contribute significantly to the policy making. Two climate change assessments were conducted by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) and the Ministry of Health (MoH)/World Health Organization (WHO). The key findings and recommendations related to climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation strategies were presented by the assessment report leaders from both sides and discussion was held on their findings. Representatives of NGOs and private companies also shared their companies’ activities and plans related to Ethiopia's Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE).


The workshop was sponsored by WHO Ethiopia country Office and EAS. The event was organized by BNWI-BDU and was chaired and led by Fulbright Scholar, Professor Jonathan Patz, from the University of Wisconsin and Mr. Biazenlegn Solomon from Bahir Dar University. It was aired on regional (ATV) and national (EBC) television news. 


Sources: US Embasy, Addis Ababa and BNWI