Wondye Molla (PhD)

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.Identified Stakeholders’ 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.

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)

  • 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

  • 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

    • 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?

Organized : Wollo University in Collaboration With Tana and Other Water Bodies Development And Protection 7th 2021)


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

There is no Event

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