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Environment/Energy (Global-scale environmental issues)

  • SDGs15
  • SDGs13
  • SDGs2
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) 日本 Prof.
(Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University)
エチオピア Associate Prof.
Derege Tsegaye Meshesha
(College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Bahir Dar University)
Research Institutions in Japan Tottori University / Shimane University / The University of Tokyo
Research Institutions in Ethiopia Bahir Dar University
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
General Description of the Research Project

Proposing a framework for next-generation sustainable land management (SLM)
The project will propose a framework for next-generation SLM in Ethiopia, incorporating effects such as enhanced prevention of soil erosion, improvement of land productivity and increasing local residents’ income. Research sites will be set up in three different areas (highland, midland and lowland) in the Upper Blue Nile Basin, which suffers from serious soil erosion caused by rainfall so as to develop practices and technologies for improving land productivity by reducing soil erosion and introducing crop-livestock production systems as well as linking such efforts to improving the livelihoods of local residents.

Contribution to reduction of soil erosion, improvement of land productivity and local residents’ livelihoods
Various SLM practices targeted to fight desertification have been implemented in many areas of the world, but their sustainability and effectiveness are being questioned. Hence this project aims to develop improved SLM technologies and approach that could address the major limitations of the currently implemented SLM practices and then to propose them to be used in the study sites and beyond such as to the entire Blue Nile Basin and other arid regions of the world that are experiencing similar problems.

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Loss of land surface due to gully erosion


Field work done by hand


Woman cooking with a baby on her back

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