US, Natural Resource College Launch a $100,000 Wetland Project

Dec 10 , 2022

A forestry college in the south received financial support from the United States government to research wetland areas. A US-supported program that aims to collect data that quantify the carbon emissions caused by the conversion of wetlands into croplands granted 100,000 dollars to the project under the Wondo Genet College of Forestry & Natural Resources. The "Sustainable Wetlands for Sustainable Communities in Southern Ethiopia" is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Scientific Affairs Climate Grant Program. Tracey Jacobson, US Chargé d'Affaires, handed soil monitoring instruments to the Deputy for Research & Technology Transfer, Kibreselassie Daniel (PhD), signing the final agreement. She also paid a visit to Hawassa City, 290Km from the capital, to meet Ristu Yirdaw and Desta Ledamo, presidents of the Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples (SNNPR) and the Sidama regional states, respectively. Jacobson said she wants to understand partnership prospects with the United States. Tracey mentioned that granting access to international human rights experts in conflict-affected areas in northern Ethiopia is one of the steps the federal government must take to regain AGOA eligibility while touring the Hawassa Industrial Park. The U.S. delegate spoke with investors, the Chief of Hawassa Park Investors Association, Hibret Lemma and the park's General Manager, Fitsum Ketem



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