The Protecting Lake Hawassa (PLH) partnership in Ethiopia’s Sidama Region was established in 2018 with the aim of mitigating the environmental and social pressures affecting Lake Hawassa. PLH drives and facilitates multi-stakeholder engagement from private, public sector and civil society to safeguard the lake and its ecosystem, ensuring sustainable economic growth in Hawassa City and the sub-catchment.
NatuReS supported partner efforts throughout these years, recognizing the many successes partners have achieved. These include the collection of 1.2 tons of plastics daily, preventing pollution of the lake, the rehabilitation of 300 hectares of farm and grazing land, as well as the safeguarding and creation of more than 3.000 jobs and 36 million euros in investments.
Stewardship has proven a successful approach to protecting Lake Hawassa! Now, activities will be scaled up with additional funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)-commissioned GIZ-Biodiversity and Forestry Program.