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IDH, VoCDA and Sher agree to collaborate in Worja catchment sustainability project

21 February 2022 Aswin Endeman

We are pleased to announce that recently Sher, IDH and VoCDA (vision of community development association) have signed a one-year agreement for the sustainable protection and utilization of the Worja- Kamo micro catchment area. The main objective of this project is to establish a strong governance system by developing a functional and participatory site management plan and bylaws with active participation of beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders.  In this regard, conservation zones and livelihood options encompassing ecotourism schemes will be introduced. Subsequently, 350 household will benefit through:

  • NTFP (non-timber forest production)
  • apiculture (80 beehives)
  • the application improved variety of maize seed
  • fodder production
  • the planting of 50.000 drought resilient trees

A total of 285 ha of land will be under permanent sustainable management including 35 ha of individual farming land and 250 ha of communal land (Worja-kemo micro catchment) that have already been rehabilitated through bio physical conservation. Recreational establishments will give job opportunities for women and youths in the local community. This 70.000-euro project is funded by IDH and Sher Ethiopia. VoCDA is the implementing partner.