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Abay-awash Basins Research Institute (AABRI)


The Abay-awash Basins Research Institute (AABRI) is established following duly constituted and convened of the institute by the senate of Wollo University (senate no. 05/2012) on April 09/2012 E.C at agenda 2.

1. The Need for the Institute

  • Pressure on Water bodies
  • Degradation of ecosystems
  • Less efforts to restore degraded water bodies
  • Demand for water is increasing
  • Water conflict
  • 2. Goals

  • Develop Abay-Awash sub-basins in all aspects.
  • Restore the forest landscapes of Abay -Awash sub-basins.
  • Restore water bodies in the two basins.
  • Establish central data base for water related research.
  • Produce ecofriendly technology for restoration of the water bodies.
  • Examine sanctioned and hegemonic knowledge production on Abay River water.
  • Produce contemporary discourses on Abay-Awash River Basins.
  • Improved livelihoods of the people in the Abay-Awash (Wollo area) Sub-Basins.
  • 3. Thematic Areas of the Institute

    4.IdentifiedStakeholders’ Area of Collaboration

    5. The Way Forward

    • Collaboration with stakeholders.
    • Restoration, protection and utilization of our natural resource.
    • Mainstreaming water issues and other environmental issues at school level.
    • Research projects, activities of community services and consultancy services.
    • Organize international and national conferences, symposiums, and seminars on presentations that have created good opportunities for the communication of research ideas and share experiences among scholars.
    • Communication : In Amharic, English and Arabic languages.
    • Arabic Language: for water resource engineering, hydrology and political science students.
    • Water club : high schools – Macroinvertebrate kit.
    • Resource mapping.


    1 Abay Awash Basins Research Institute International Conference

    Theme: Strategic Partnership and Cooperation in Basins Development for The Sustainability of the GERD

    Conducted by Abay- Awash Basins Research Institute in Collaboration with Ethiopian Basins Development Authority (April 17th 2021)
    1.1 Conference Objectives
    • To create awareness and strengthen the public diplomacy of the GERD.
    • To create awareness on the importance of basins development to prevent sedimentation & to sustain water for the GERD
    • To identify future research and development agenda in the Abay Awash sub-basins
    • To produce a conducive environment for stakeholders working on Water-related issues
    • To create strategic partnership and cooperation between AABRI and the stakeholders
    • To compile recent information about Abay-Awash Basins
    1.2 Conference Themes
    • Transboundary Resources and Ethiopian Water Diplomacy
    • Watershed Management and Development
    • Wetland Management and Development
    • Hydrology and Sedimentation in the Blue Nile
    • Ecohydrology as a Tool for Restoring Degraded Water Bodies
    • Potentials and Challenges of Ground Water Resources
    Welcoming Speech: Dr. Faris Hailu
    • Vice President for Research and Community Service
    Opening Speech: Dr. Mengesha Ayene
    • Vice President for Academic Affairs
    1.3 Keynote Speech
    • Professor Yacob Arsano (AAU)

    • Hydro politics and strategic partnership in North-Eastern Africa
    • Ambassador Ibrahim Idris

    • "Ethiopia's Rights of the Use of its Nile Water Resources: The Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam /GERD/".
    • Mr. Zerihun Abebe

    • (FDRE Ministry of Foreign Affairs) The GERD Negotiation: Why and To What End?
    2 Theme: Stakeholders Consultations Workshop on Logo-Ardibo Lake Basin Sustainable Development and Restoration
    Organized : Wollo University in Collaboration With Tana and Other Water Bodies Development And Protection 7th 2021)
    3 مــعــهـــد مــصــبــي الـــنــــيـــل وأواش للـــبــــحث Arabic for Political Science & Water Engineering Students (Training Module Contents) اللغة العربية لطلبة قسم السياسة وهندسة المياه ) محتويات مذكرة التدريب) Prepared by: Arabic Language Department قسم اللغة العربية To communicating the research and development outcomes to Middle East
    4 Resource Mapping Writeshop at Addis Ababa
    Abay Awash basins research institute and CIAT-Bioversity
    Place: Addis Ababa (Bellevue Hotel & Spa)
    Date: June 14-19, 2021
    1. Geology and Soil Aspect Study
    2. Climate Aspect Study
    3. Water Resource Aspect Study
    4. Land Use/Land Cover and Biodiversity Aspect Study