Blue Nile Water Institute






East Africa – Central Asia flyway


WLI Africa


Name of organisation

Bahir Dar University

Funding support

Bahir Dar University

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

Ensure sustainable utilization of water resources in Ethiopia

Description of the centre

Lake Tana Biosphere is one of the destination visitors. Which is located in the Amhara regional government State. It is known for having high biodiversity, including migratory bird species. The Biosphere is also known by its cultural heritage.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Awareness creation about the purpose of wise uses of wetland ecosystems and their services, and education

Top three successes

Community-based participatory projects work well. This approach allows all voices to be heard, and it provides room for indigenous knowledge in the development, implementation as well as in monitoring & evaluation of project benefits.

Top three challenges

Albeit a community-based approach is a beneficiary, school & university students haven’t been included in participation regardless of gender. Thus, stakeholder analysis, problem analysis, and power analysis have to be made and understood.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat;  Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.


Ayenew Gezie Kebede, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.


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