Institute, Oda Bultum University agrees to conserve Biodiversity

by Kehali Dereje ~ March 16th, 2018

Institute, Oda Bultum University agrees to conserve Biodiversity

The Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute and Oda Bultum University sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly work on Biodiversity, on March 13, 2017.

The biodiversity protection activities of the institute have been aligned with various universities. Therefore, the agreement with the Oda Bultum University is part of that.

Signing Institute Director General Dr. Melesse Maryo said the Institute is working on biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of these resources. Thus, in order to achieve the objective, it is necessary to create and strengthen such agreements.

He added that the Institute will continue to work closely with the University to promote the conservation, research and access and benefit sharing of biodiversity.

Dr. Melesse Maryo also pointed out university should take due account of the issue of Biodevesity.

University President, Dr. Muktar Mohammed, on his part said that the university is ready to co-ordinate with the institute to conserve Biodivesity in a scientific way that supports the community.

“We will work harder to conserve the resources all the assets and restore the endangered ones”, Dr. Muktar added.

The Institute has so far signed similar agreements with over twenty universities and bearing encouraging fruits.

Workshop on National Ecosystem Assessment Conducts.

by Kehali Dereje ~ February 20th, 2018

Workshop on National Ecosystem Assessment Conducts.

Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI) has conducted Launching Workshop on National Ecosystem Assessment using the IPBES process and approaches from February 16-17, at Bishoftu.

Addressing the event with the opening speech, Minster for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Gemedo Dalle stated that conservation and use of biodiversity following ecosystem approach need to be promoted.

Thus, equal attention to both natural and social sciences should be given, he noted.

The Minster also added that “the effectiveness of restoration actions in increasing provision of both biodiversity and ecosystem services should be systematically evaluated and policy relevant data should be generated and used”.

Dr. Gemedo further noted that regular and timely assessment is also essential for updating the status and knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their inter-linkages, with regional and global data systems.

Dr Feleke Woldeyes, Deputy Director General of EBI said that a stakeholder engagement is vital in the implementation of the Platform’s work program. So enhanced participation from those stakeholders is expected, Dr. Feleke remarked.

On the workshop papers were presented related to IPBES and the way forward also discussed with the stakeholders.

IPBES is an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services that serves as an interface between the scientific community and policy makers with the aim to strengthen the use of scientific data in policy intervention.

National Advisory Committee on Conservation, Sustainable Utilization and Benefit sharing of Domestic Animal Genetic Resources of the country (AnGR) Underway consultation.

by Kehali Dereje ~ February 7th, 2018

National Advisory Committee on Conservation, Sustainable Utilization and Benefit sharing of Domestic Animal Genetic Resources of the country (AnGR) Underway consultation.

Members of National Advisory Committee on Conservation, Sustainable Utilization and
Benefits sharing of Domestic Animal Genetic Resources of the country (AnGR) have held discussions at Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, on January 30, 2018.

The discussion focused on the conservation and sustainable use of domestic animal genetic resources.

Director General of the Institute, Dr. Melese Maryo on the opening of the discussion forum, said Ethiopia’s large-scale domestic animal resource is losing because of different reason such as mixed with other sub-species, drought,, and so on.

So, by settling the problem, we must keep the wealth safe and benefit from it, he noted.

To provide this National Strategy and Plan of Action for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of domestic Animal Genetic Resources has been introduced since last year to integrate tasks and performing successful activities, Dr. Melese added.

The Director General remarked the strategy, which will be last ten years, Members of the National Advisory Committee and experts are expected to work together to ensure the sustainable use of biodiversity and to achieve the goals set out in the strategy.

Director of the Animal Biodiversity Directorate, Mr. Abraham Assefa, presented the bylaws of the National Advisory Committee, which was organized in the presence of all concerned bodies.

The committee will focus on the conservation, sustainable utilization and access and benefit sharing of domestic animal genetic resources of the country, according to Mr. Abraham.

In addition, the committee will have a significant role in addressing the problems of animal domestic biodiversity, and in the naming of breeds.

The members, on their part, responded to work together with regard to wealth of the sector, the process of breeding and naming of breeds.

The National Advisory Committee is composed of 12 members, including Ministries, Research Institutes, Universities, International Organizations and Regional Offices.

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