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Mahabesh Community Watershed Management Project (Eritrea)


Titre : Mahabesh Community Watershed Management Project (Eritrea)

Pays : Eritrea

Numéro projet : ERI/SGP/OP6/Y4/STAR/LD/2018/06

Domaine : Land Degradation

Durée : 1/2019 — 1/2021

Bénéficiaire : Mahabesh Community Development

Mahabesh is a village within Elabered Sub-region of Anseba Regional Administration. It is located 20 km south east of Keren town and 73 km south west of Asmara, the capital. The surrounding of Mahabesh village is hilly landscape and lies within the range of 1600 - 2600 meters above sea level with average annual rainfall of 600 mm. Plant biodiversity currently available in Mahabesh Landscape is an important source of livelihoods. The inhabitants of the village have major land degradation and biodiversity challenges. Due to the hilly nature of the landscape surrounding the village and its farmland, soil erosion during the rainy season is tremendous and thus this cause dumping off the farm land situated at the bottom of the hills and reduces the size of existing farmland and depletes the nutrients necessary for the crops. Therefore, the biodiversity in this landscape is highly threatened. The overall goal of the project is to contribute towards improved conservation of biodiversity and rehabilitation of degraded land and ensuring sustainable community livelihood improvement. The specific objective of the project will be strengthening the technical and institutional capacities of local environmental actors and undertake appropriate natural resources conservation and rehabilitation measures in 50 ha of degraded land in Mahabesh Village Administration area. The mode of project implementation is by empowering the local community through awareness raising, training and practice and decentralization of all activities to watershed level in order to achieve improvements in key areas of environmental problems that affect their livelihoods. It also intends to address other associated environmental problems such as land degradation, climate change as well as reducing problems of siltation, flooding and others through soil and water conservation practices (like composting, communal pasture management, forest establishment, establishment of protected area and establishment of school environment clubs).

Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 49,990.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 93,233.33

GEF Small Grants Programme

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