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In this edition of HoA-REC&N’s Horn Blower newsletter we recognise March 8, International Women’s Day, and we marked the day by hosting a commemorative event on March 16, 2014; honouring women ambassadors in Ethiopia to plant indigenous trees at Gullele Botanic Garden (GBG).
March 27, 2014 marked the official launch of the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC). The winners of the Proof of Concept competition were officially announced during the ECIC’s launch event at the presence of Dr. Tewoldeberhan G/Egziabher, Adviser to the Minister at The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Parminder P.S. Brar, Ethiopia Country Management Representative, The World Bank, Ms. Emma Williams, Team Leader for the Wealth Creation and Climate Change Team, The Department for International Development, and Mrs. Tove Stub, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy senior representatives from the World Bank and the Ethiopian government.
A high level delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Gatluak Tut Khot, President of the Gambella Peoples’ National Regional State (GPNRS), visited Rwanda from February 16-19, 2014 to share experiences on wildlife conservation and park management in Rwanda.
The delegation included H.E. Mr. Erestu Yirda, FDRE State Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, President of Addis Ababa University, Mr. Dawod Mume, Director General of Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Dr. Yigremachew Seyoum, Director of Forest Policy, Strategy and Regulation Directorate , FDRE Ministry of Environment and Forest, Dr. Assefa Mebrate, Representative of African Parks Network (APN) in Ethiopia and Dr. Araya Asfaw, Executive Director of Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N).
The Climate Science Centre hosted the first technical consultative workshop for the establishment of Institute for Environment Services Certification & Accreditation (IESCA) on March 20th atElilly Hotel in Addis Ababa.
The workshop brought Climate Resilient Green Economy(CRGE) units from line ministries,experts from academia,research institutions, and private sector stakeholders to discuss the implementation of the IESCA. Dr. ZewduEshetu, Executive Director of the Climate Science Centre, highlighted the importance of the consultative processbystating,“the institute will heavily depend on the participation of the line ministries”.