AfroMaison 3rd project meeting summary (Ethiopia,5-9 March 2012)


conference room in Bahar Dar
conference room in Bahar Dar

The third AfroMaison Project meeting took place in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia, from 5th to 9th of March 2012. It has been organized by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) who is part of the AfroMaison consortium and case study leader in Ethiopia. The Fogera case study lies a few dozen kilometers north from the city of Bahar Dar, also along the lake Tana. The meeting was attended by around 30 delegates of the consortium.


The Project meeting was preceded by a one week training on Integrated Planning organized by CIRAD in Addis Abeba that some of the AfroMaison partners also attended. The consortium meeting in Bahar Dar gave the opportunity to the various Work Packages and Case Study members to show the progresses since the last consortium meeting, to create new concrete synergies between them and to better integrate the parts under their different responsabilities.


The meeting also gave the possibility to the partners interested to attend a half-day GIS workshop on the Quantum-GIS (QGIS) open source GIS application. A lot of partners showed enthusiasm for this evolutive free tool that can help them and reduce the cost in their daily work. Even though only the basics of the possibilities could be shown in half a day, a CD-Rom with more material was distributed.


Field trip near Adet
Field trip near Adet

The field trip, under the supervision of the director of the Adet Agricultural Research Center, gave a chance to the AfroMaison partners to talk to local farmers, on the road between Bahar Dar and Adet, about the challenges they face regarding climatic or institutional conditions. The field trip finished by a visit to the Blue Nile Falls not far from Adet and their very small water flow in this dry season.


In conclusion, the meeting not only allowed the AfroMaison partners to produce concrete strategies for the coming months of work but also allowed them to realize about the real conditions on the ground, Ethiopia having climate and related challenges very different from the two previous consortium meetings.