Water and Land Resource Centre, Addis Ababa University, the Consortium Member and lead of the Kunzila Integrated Landscape Management and WASH Project, and the Netherland Development Organisation (SNV) Ethiopia facilitated and took part in a tree planting activity held on July 14, 2021.
A report by Dr. Fekadu Gelaw, Kunzila Integrated Landscape Management and WASH (Kunzila ILMWA) Project Manager, indicated that a total of 310 people, including WRLC Board members, members of Steering Committee of KILMWA, representatives of Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Abay Basin, NGOs, government officials from the Amhara Region, West Gojjam Zone, North Achefer Woreda, and KILMWA Project Kebeles Administrators, local elders, and KILMWA project staff participated in the tree planting event. He said a total of 8440 seedlings of indigenous tree species, such as Wanza, Sessa, Acacia and decurrens and gravillea were planted near Tana Hydroelectric Power Station inlet.
The report reiterated that the participants also vowed to make sure those planted tree seedlings would receive the necessary care and management. The activity is part of integrated development undertakings to transform the Kunzila landscapes and ensure sustainable improvements of the ecology and hydrological systems of Lake Tana, the Abay River and their surrounding environs.
Dr. Fekadu also reported that at the end of the tree planting activity, the KILMWA project handed over two vehicles (one double-cabin pickup and one hard top) to the regional project office, and one double-cabin pickup, three motor cycles, a photo camera and different office equipment to North Achefer Woreda Administration.
Handing over of vehicles, motorcycles and equipment to regional project office and the N. Achefer Woreda Administration
The KILMWA Project Coordinator and the KILMWA focal person at EKN indicated that the handover was part of the planned capacity building for effective implementation of the Kunzila ILMWA project. The N. Achefer Wereda Administrator and West Gojjam Zone Agriculture Office Head on their part acknowledged the WLRC AAU, SNV and EKN for honoring their promises under the KILMWA project, vowed to use the vehicles and facility for the intended purposes, and called upon the communities in the project kebeles to make concerted efforts toward realising the golden goals of the KILMWA project.
The Kunzila ILMWA Project, is a five-year project (2020 - 2024) financed by EKN and being implemented by a Consortium of WLRC and SNV Ethiopia in partnership with the concerned government organs in the Amhara Region, West Gojjam Zone, North Achefer Wereda and communities in the Kunzila Watershed kebeles and Kunzila town. WLRC, AAU is entrusted also with the overall lead and coordination of the project.