RAAMThe validation workshop of the findings of the 'Developing Resource Availability Assessment Methodology for Wabi-Shebele and Genale-Dawa River Basins' (RAAM) Research project was held on 16 and 17 March 2015 in Beshale Hotel, Addis Ababa. The workshop was attended by professionals from parliament standing committees, high level experts from federal and regional offices, researcher from research institutes and experts from the eight case study woredas in the two basin

Dr Gete Zeleke, the Director of WLRC in his welcoming speech noted that despite a number of development initiatives in the past, particularly pastoral communities in living in the two basins are the most vulnerable to different types of shokes. He attributed this to the misguided and often wrong assumptions in water, range land, crop and livestock resources development. He explained that this research that took over one year looked into detail review past interventions, developed development intervention matrix (DIM) to assess the developmental challenges, intervention options to each challenge, the risks associated to each challenge, the mitigation strategy and benefits from the mitigation effort.

Dr. Gete explained that the report has been organized in six thematic areas - water, rangeland, livestock, crop, climate and socio-economics- and one synthesis report. He also explained that parallel research has been done by CETRAD (Kenya).

Dr. Manfred Kaufmann from SDC delivered the opening remark and explained why SDC decided to support the project.

In the workshop Dr. Tena presented them synthesis of the situation analysis and lesson learned, Dr Gete presented the methodology and approach followed and Prof. Woldeamlak presented the DIM tool developed. Extensive discussions were made at the end of each presentation and detail comments were given during the group discussion.

The sessions were facilitated by Dr Manuel Flury and Dr. Manfred Kaufmann of SDC.

In the closing Dr Flury appreciated the active engagement of participants, the potential of tool (RAAM and DIM) in designing natural resource based 'no harm' intervention and the need to pilot it, and the potential for forging regional collaboration

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