Capacity Building Training on Ecological Monitoring Wraps up

(By Alemayehu Hailu)

A week long Capacity Building training organized by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, EWCA, at Awash National Park for 29 wildlife experts recruited from federal and regional protected areas on Ecological Monitoring has been completed, on the 28th October 2013.

On a closing speech made, on behalf of the acting director general, Public Relations and Information Director, Ato Mebratu Hailu said: ”As Ecological Monitoring is a science that enables to estimate the total number of flora and fauna in their habitat, the training plays a key role in realizing our organization’s vision.”   

Explaining the Objectives of the training, Ato Getachew Mekonen, Change ManagementDirectorate  Director, said‘’One of our plans in this budget year is developing a human resource, building a change agent which is out grown in its skills and outlook there by providing a training that centers on a need assessement’’

From the point of view of alleviating the skill-gap problems of the wildlife experts plus controlling and taking care of the rich natural resources in the protected areas, it was explained that the short-term training would contribute a lot.

A part from the assigned training experts of the authority, the week-long training was assisted by a professor from Addis Ababa University where by the trainees were made to throughly discuss the topics being presented.

What’s more, a brief presentation on HIV AIDS and related matters was made by Ato Behailu Goshime, Occupation Area Safty and Health Officer in the authority, the purpose of which was to alert the trainnees againest those problems hovering around their work places before hand.

Among the trainees whom we asked for an opinion concerning the training,Ato Alehegn Taye,from Mago National Park,was the one. Having explained the vitality of the trainingbothto curb problems of expertise skill-gaps and building capacity,he remarked,‘’Subsequent trainings especially on G.I.S, Remote Sensing and Mapping need to be organized if we are to score better results on our daily routines.‘’

Expressing that the training given was very fundamentaland could help to build a capacity, Ato Getahun Tassew, from Simen Mountains National Park, on his part said, “The fact that we are given the training by the well-known invited training experts coming from various corners, such as from Addis Ababa University, is a clear indication that we are being given due attention by the authority.’’

The other trainee, Ato Dejene Yehuwala, pointed out: “The training was aimed at filling our skill-gaps and thus, enabled us to acquire a great deal of knowledge.”

He also added, “Sharing experiences among those experts coming from different National Parks and Protected Areas by itself has really helped us to act against our up-coming problems.”

With a certificate award to the trainees by Ato Arega Mekonnen, the SDPASE project Coordinator, the week-long capacity building training came to an end.

On such a training facilitated by the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries Coordinating Directorate of the authority, the trainees were recruited from the Simen Mountains, Bale Mountains, Gambella, Awash, Nechsar, Kafta-Shiraro, Borena Sayint, Maze and Abjata-Shala National Parks; and most of them were Park Wardens, Ecology Experts, Sociologists, Tourism Experts, Community Experts, Wildlife Research and Monitoring Experts and Protected Areas Conservation and Development Experts.

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