University of Gondar climate change research center held a national workshop on revitalizing climate change research in Ethiopia on Feb10 &11,2017 at Science Amba Hall, UOG.
Due to the shocking changes which are happening in sub-Saharan countries particularly in Ethiopia,various scholars from regional and national climate research center shave come up with and presented alternative and promising research findings to the national workshop on climate change. Besides, activities done to stop or curve down the climate change in the country were discussed.
“Climate change is a matter for all people as its impact affects all of us, hence we all need to deal with it” said Dr. BelaynehAyele, general manager, ANRS Environment, Forest and Wild Life Conservation and Development Authority
According to the research report presented by Dr. WubalemTadesse, Director General, EFFRI,land need for cultivation has increased by six million hectares in the last eight years from 2001 to 2009 E.C.which shows there is a high deforestation activity for getting agricultural lands, settlement and relatedpurposes. This deforestation activity for different purposes is causing climate changes which results in drought, flooding and health complications in the country.
As the findings of REDD+, an organization dealing with climate change, pointed out, the national forest cover is only 15.5% currently. Furthermore, the research has revealed that there is 92,000hectaresforest loss while there is only 19,000hectaresgain of forest cover annually.
Some of the researches presented in the workshop deal with climate change mitigation ,adaptation and contribution for climate resilient economy, forestry, and wild life conservation, allometric equations for prediction of aboveground biomass in wood land ecosystem /Altash National Park/,climate change research coordination and national climate change strategies and so on.
In the closing session, prof. Mersha Chanie ,v/president for research and community service ,UOG, noted that afforestation has got less attention in the Ethiopian education curriculum, so it needs due attention to incorporate afforestation issues even inlower grades from the grass root level so that afforestation can be one of the main customsof our community. The Professor also added that it is when we work cooperatively and wisely that a sound change can be brought in the environment,forest,and generally in climate change.