Addis Ababa University (AAU) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to establish an Environmental and Climate Services Research Institute (ECSRI) at the College of Natural Sciences of the AAU in a ceremony held at Ras Amba Hotel on April 04, 2016. The agreement entails technical cooperation, research and implementation of the research output.

Tasew W/Hanna, PhD and Kare Chawicha, State Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, signed the agreement on behalf of AAU and the Ministry respectively.

Zewdu Eshetu, PhD, Director of the Climate Science Center of the AAU, presenting the establishment process and product of ECSRI noted that the country’s national growth and transformation vision is anchored in environment responsive investment and green growth. He went on to explain that the establishment of the institute would help effectively manage environmental and climate services including climate change monitoring, use of renewable energy and buildup of national and regional institutions with the highest caliber of researchers and professional practitioners.

Dr. Tasew W/Hanna, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer of the AAU, in his closing remark noted that under climate change considerable agricultural land will be left with shorter growing seasons and lower yields.

Held in the presence of representatives of Ministries and development partners, the signing ceremony left the two parties at the center of efforts to address climate change at the national stage, to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its impacts. The agreement is said to incorporate innovative research and implementation that is firmly embedded in the concept of sustainable development.

Source: AAU
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