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Gerger Integrated Watershed Management in Geleb Subregion (Eritrea)


Titre : Gerger Integrated Watershed Management in Geleb Subregion (Eritrea)

Pays : Erythrée

Numéro projet : ERI/SGP/OP5/Y2/CORE/LD/12/10

Domaine : Land Degradation

Durée : 2013-2015


Gerger is a village within Geleb Sub-region of Anseba Regional Administration. It is located 35 km north east of Keren town and 125 km north of Asmara, the capital. The surrounding of Gerger village is hilly landscape and lies within the range of 1,600 to 2, 600 meters above sea level with average annual rainfall of 500mm. The inhabitants of the village have major land degradation challenges. Due to the hilly nature of the landscape surrounding the village and the adjacent farmland, soil erosion during the rainy season is tremendous and thus flash floods cause gullies and heaps of sand on the farm land. This reduces the size of existing farmland and depletes the nutrients necessary for the crops. At the same time the big gullies formed are cutting the road leading to keren town.

This project, Gerger Watershed Management, is envisaged to address land degradation problem and enhance biodiversity conservation by engaging local actors in environmental conservation through building their capacities to act and create better livelihood options. This project targeting a total population of 1,050 people or 210 households. The Gerger Development Committee mobilizes the community on ground and takes lead in the watershed management project by forming its own environmental vanguards in the form of two groups.

The major components are building the capacities of local environmental actors, making physical conservation works, construction of micro-dam and addressing livelihood options for the target community of Gerger. During this project period, Geleb Community Development primarily focus on 22.5 Ha of land through implementation of community based soil & water conservation activities such as construction of check dams of 15,000 M3, terracing of 90 Km and plantation of multipurpose tree (2,000 seedlings). The project targets all the 210 households (1,050 persons) in awareness raising, physical conservation of soil and water, including micro-dam construction. The micro-dam construction will parallel be supported by the Anseba Regional Administration, where the construction of the micro-dam is estimated at USD 110,000. To construct the heavier component of the micro-dam, machinery and qualified masons will be employed by the Anseba Regional Administration and the rest of the work will be complemented by Gerger Community with the Gerger Development Committee at the forefront.

Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash : US$ 110,000.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 46,583.33

GEF Small Grants Programme

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