Since January 2016, INBAR has been providing technical support as part of a project for sustainable watershed management and livelihoods improvement in Ethiopia: Sustainable Land Management Programme II (SLMP II). The project’s overall aim is to mitigate the chronic land degradation which is one of Ethiopia’s most pressing problems.
One of the project deliverables is produce two million bamboo seedlings. Seedling production started in April 2016. Since then, over 600,000 seedlings have been produced. Most of these will be used for afforestation in the coming rainy season. The rest will be used for further propagation.
One of INBAR’s target regions is Benishangul Gumuz. In March, INBAR welcomed Mr. Habtamu Hailu, the National Coordinator for SLMP II and part of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, who visited a nursery in the area.
Mr. Hailu was delighted by the remarkable achievement of seedling production in the nursery site – understandably so. This nursery has become a model nursery for the region, featuring over 160,000 seedlings from lowland bamboo species, as well as 53,000 introduced bamboo species seedlings. Mr. Hailu learned that people from different Districts travel to the Benishangul Gumuz nursery to share their experiences on bamboo seedling production and nursery management.