EU Delegation Wows the People of Tigray for Best Practices in Environmental Rehabilitation
High Level EU delegation headed by Mrs. Connle Hedegard , European Commissioner for Climate Action , attended the first conference on Climate Change and Development for Africa (CCDA-1) presented at a Courtsey call from the president of Tigray Region on October 18 , 2011. Her Excellency accompanied by Mr Michael Christense , Member of Cabinet and Mr. Jurgen Lefevere, DGCLIMA European Commission ,visited different areas in Tigray Region.
The delegation visited three main sites in kilete Awlallo wereda after a brief of His Excellency President of Tigray , Ato Abay Woldu about the efforts of people of Tigray and achievements in environmental rehabilitation .
The first field visit was 60 kilometers far from Mekelle to laelay Agula EU supported food facility and safety net and integrated watershed activity. The micro dam for irrigation area was inaugurated by Mrs. Connle Hedegard European Commissioner for Climate Action .This was the event that enables her to observe the fruitful results of efforts of the people on soil and water conservation. The integrated benefits obtained from environmental care encluding such as beekeeping activity, river diversion for irrigation , improvement on livelihood activities at Households level (Livestock fattening activity) ..
The second visit was 20 kilometres gravel road additional care and walk travel to Gulu chafe Watershed development .This was the most exciting cluster area which surprised the delegation. In the watershed development cluster ,there are Catchments treatment , small water harvesting structures trenches and percolation ponds and channels and area enclosure are visited.
The third travel was to Ttead Emil watershed development cluster which includes Catchments treatment, gully reclamation , water harvesting check dam ,ponds linked to livestock and potable water supply overwhelming the mesmerizing efforts of the people of Tigray to the delegation.
Mrs. Connle Hedegard , European Commissioner for Climate Action , said on the field visit that best practices of the people are weighing more than talks in environmental plans, EU will enhance and extend its support to the people with such best practices regarding supply of resources . The delegation also expressed their satisfaction with effective efforts made by the local people to eradicate poverty.