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Bale Mountains National Park Ethiopia (source CEPF)
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) launched 9.8 million USD investment programme to preserve Eastern Afromontane hotspot that includes the Arabian Peninsula, the Ethiopian Highlands, the Albertine Rift and the Eastern Arc and Southern Highlands.
French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Brigitte Collet said at the launching ceremony which was held last Friday on the premises of Alliance Ethio-Française that active involvement of civil societies and NGOs in environmental protection is key to sustain the planet.
She indicated that both economic and human development cannot be realized at the expense of the environment. Thus, it is essential to preserve nature for the sake of human survival. In this regard, the French government with other stakeholders is ready to support these kind of initiatives, the Ambassador added.
The French government together with local environmental protection agencies have been undertaking in environmental protection activities in various parts of Ethiopia, the Ambassador noted.
“Since 1990 important efforts have been made in Ethiopia. But much is expected to protect the country's unique ecosystem and its exceptional biodiversity,” she added.
Pierre Carret, adviser to CEPF Executive Director said on the occasion that Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, and is remarkable for both its high level biological diversity and life sustaining systems it maintains for the benefit of millions of peoples. Thus, active involvement of civil societies, NGOs and government will have a key role in sustaining mother earth.
The region’s unique biological attributes, as well as its economic and cultural importance, led the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to prioritize the region and develop an investment strategy and develop an investment strategy, he noted.
Institute of Biodiversity Conservation Director General, Gemedo Dale (PhD) said because of its geographical position, altitude, rainfall pattern and soil variability, Ethiopia has an immense ecological diversity and has vital contribution to the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot, he added.
“Climate change and unsustainable utilization of natural resources have increased the pressure on Ethiopian’s natural resources, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the necessary systems are in place to promote conservation and sustainable utilization of Ethiopia’s Biodiversity.”
CPEF Investment programme in Afromontane Hotspot will address the human well being, biodiversity challenges, Gemedo said.
The region’s unique biological attributes, as well as its economic and cultural importance, led the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to prioritize the region and develop an investment strategy.
The Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot which stretches over a curving arc of widely scattered but biogeographically similar mountains from Saudi Arabia to Mozambique and Zimbabwe is one of the Earth’s 35 biodiversity hotspots, the most biologically rich yet threatened areas around the globe. It covers an area of more than1 million square kilometers and runs over a distance of more than 7,000 kilometers.