Ethiopia is experiencing tremendous economic development: Average annual growth rates between 2008 and 2018 reached 9.8 percent according to World Bank figures. At the same time, Ethiopia is facing rapid population growth, with a doubling taking place roughly every 30 years. Current estimates assume a population of around 115 million people. This poses a huge challenge for the country: not only need basic services and infrastructure be extended, but also job opportunities must be provided for the increasing population.
While Ethiopia disposes of plentiful water and other natural resources, the variability of supply over space and time poses a severe risk to its economy and society. Furthermore, institutions on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) are still in their infancy. Lack of knowledge and underfunding leave them unprepared to meet the escalating challenges they are faced with. The private sector, communities and the government agencies mandated to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources are in urgent need to collaborate.
NatuReS goal is to actively engage both national and international companies in Natural Resources Stewardship in Ethiopia, as well as supporting public institutions in policy development and implementation aimed at enhancing natural resources stewardship at national and regional levels.
Location: Lake Hawassa sub-catchment, Sidama and Oromia Region
Aim: Protecting Lake Hawassa, which is threatened by population growth, urban and industrial park development, land degradation and improper waste management.
Partners: Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Hawassa University (HU), Rift Valley Lakes Basin Development Office (RVLBDO), Hawassa City Administration, Sidama Environment Protection and Forest Bureau (SEPFB), Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC), PVH, Haile Resort, Coba Impact manufacturing PLC, Fruit Hawassa PLC, Solid waste collector’s associations, CIFA Onlus, Affiliation of Friends of Lake Hawassa (AFLaH), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Southern Ethiopia People Development Association (SEPDA), Water Witness International (WWI).
Partnership for Circular Value Chains in Addis Ababa
Location: Addis Ababa
Aim: Protect water and other natural resources in Addis Ababa by promoting circular value chains and enhancing recycling.
Reduce pollution of natural resources through improved waste management
Public sector support
Partners: Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Addis Ababa Cleansing Management Agency, Coba Impact manufacturing PLC, EKT trade and investment PLC, NN recycling, ANEGA Energies, Solid waste collector’s associations, CIFA Onlus, PETCO, Irish Aid, Selam children’s village.