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Ethiopia Consortium

Ethiopia Consortium - A Water Management, Capacity Building, Training, and National Quality Assurance Development Project

It is a well-known fact that the poor water quality is affecting the health of the Ethiopian population.  In 2010, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia created the Ministry of Water and Energy. Their mission is to “play a significant role in the socio-economic development of Ethiopia through development and management of its water and energy resources in a sustainable manner…” As part of the 5 year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) developed by Ethiopia in 2010, the Ministry of Water and Energy aims to improve degraded land through integrated river basin approaches, such as watershed management activities, and water and soil conservation practices. In line with this agenda Tarleton State University President, Dr. Dominic Dottavio, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Watershed Management Research and Capacity Strengthening between the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) at Tarleton State University, Addis Ababa University, Aksum University, Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, Hawassa University, Haramaya University and The University of Mekelle. The MOU was signed and the consortium became effective on February 9, 2014.  This consortium is intended to further contribute to research related collaborations, and focus TIAER’s support on watershed management and related capacity building activities.

TIAER quickly began developing a concept paper on constructing a watershed management capacity building and training consortium based on current water quality needs of the nation. The collaboration was established to address water quality capacity building needs at each partnering university in the country of Ethiopia.  The capacity needs of each university vary. Some universities lack adequate laboratory facilities to conduct water quality related analysis, while others lack trained technicians to utilize and maintain their existing or antiquated water quality laboratory equipment. This collaboration intends to address capacity building in the areas of laboratory equipment, water quality laboratory and field technician training and certification, establishment of quality control measures, instrument maintenance and laboratory standard operating procedures.

Concept Paper:

Leah Taylor 254-968-0513 (Office), Sr. Project Director

Mark Murphy 254-968-9570 (Office), Laboratory Manager