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International Symposium “Ecohydrology for water ecosystems and society in Ethiopia”

Last modified: 02 March 2010

Symposium is organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Water Resources in Ethiopia and financed by Polish Aid

Programme of the Polish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Event date: 18-21 November 2009

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ORGANIZERS

  • International Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology under the auspices of UNESCO, Lodz, Poland
  • Federal democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Water resources
  • Polish Aid Programme of the Polish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • UNESCO IHP

BACKGROUND

In the face of dynamic population growth and  climate changes, The one of  the environmental major issues In Ethiopia is sustainability of water resources and ecosystems for health, quality and development of  society.
The key issue of the Symposium is the Ecohydrology scientific Framework for:

  • Reduction of stream and rivers siltation due to deforestation and grazing.
  • Reversing of eutrophication of lakes and reservoirs.
  • Reversing processes of drying lakes and reservoirs.
  • Methodology for monitoring and abatement river pollution by industry.
  • Adaptation of  ecohydrological biotechnologies for reduction of domestic sewage in rural and dispersed urban areas of Africa.

GOALS

The golas of the Symposium are:

  • Review the recent state of knowledge in water ecosystems in Africa and especially in Ethiopia.
  • Identification the gaps in knowledge.
  • Identification of perspectives for implementation of ecogydrological solutions.\
  • Elaboration action plan for implementation key demo projects.


STEERING COMMITTEE

Maciej Zalewski    Co-chairman of the Steering Committee. Director of the International Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences - European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology under the auspices of UNESCO, Lodz, Poland

Yohannes Zerihun
  Co-chairman of the International Steering Committee. Director of the Department of Hydrology Ministry of water Resources In Ethiopia.

Shahbaz Khan
   Co-chairman of the International Steering Committee. Global coordinator of the HELP Programme United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO.


INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Luis Chicharo   Professor University of Algarve, Portugal
Nicola Fohrer   Professor University of Kiel, Germany
David Harper   Professor University of Leicester, England
Georg Janauer   Professor University of Vienna, Austria
Richard Robarts  Director of UNEP GEMS/Water collaborating Centre, Canada
Vincente Santiago-Fandino UNEP IETC, Japan
Jose Tundisi Chairmen of the Water Programme Inter Academy Panel, International Institute of Ecology, Brazil

CONTACT PERSONS

Magdalena Urbaniak
International Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology under the auspices of UNESCO, Lodz, Poland
Scientific Secretary of the Symposium
Tylna 3 str.
90-364 Lodz, Poland
e-mail: m.urbaniak@unesco.lodz.pl
Phone:    +48 42 681 70
Fax:        +48 42 681 30 69

and

Yohannes Zerihun                          
Ministry Of Water Resources in Ethiopia
P.O.Box: 5744, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia                                   
E-mail: yhnns_zerihun@yahoo.com                              
Phone:       +251-911-898046
                +251-116-636917



  European Regional Centre
for Ecohydrology
of the Polish Academy of Sciences

3, Tylna Str.,
90-364, Lodz, Poland
Phone: (+48) 42 681 70 06
Phone: (+48) 42 681 70 07
Fax: (+48) 42 681 30 69

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