The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia organized a special event on networking for environment and biodiversity conservation (18/05/2011)
The European Union considers that in order to achieve food security natural resources conservation is a key determinant. The EU is committed to support the sustainable management of Ethiopia's environment, and is significantly doing it through a number of activities it supports at national, regional, continental and global level.
In order to highlight its support to environment and biodiversity conservation in Ethiopia, the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia under the patronage of H.E. Girma WoldeGiorgis, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, organized a special event to host Ethiopian stakeholders who are dedicated to the conservation of Ethiopia's bio-diversity resources and endangered ecosystems.
This gathering was an opportunity for networking, exchange of experience and best practices, and to share views on priorities for the conservation work in Ethiopia. In addition it will help building a critical mass for effective lobbying of environment, natural resources management and biodiversity conservation concerns towards achieving sustainable economic development and growth, food security and improved livelihoods of rural dwellers.
Ato Beley Girmay, Chief Protocol of the President, delivered a message of H.E. Girma WoldeGiorgis, President of the Federal democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Ambassador Xavier Marchal, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia also on his part delivered his welcoming speech. (Please find the full speech and the message bellow)
During the event, a special award was given to the winners of the "EU Visibility Competition" in the Environment, Biodiversity, Energy, Water Supply and Sanitation, Education, Health and Children category (German Agro Action, INBAR and UH) in which eight EU co-funded Non Governmental Organisations were competing for the most creative successful and attractive visibility and communication initiatives.