Promotion of community afforestation and land reclamation in Sub zoba Aditekelezan
The project location is in environs of three villages called Wara, Beghesa and Dekighebru of Aditekelezan Subzoba, where the majority of projects of SGP are to be clustered.

They are located 50-75 km North East of Asmara; east from the main Asmara – Keren road. Its geographic location is 15o 34o 06 I North and 38o 49o 8 East. They are also situated in the central highland zone, which is adjacent to the green belt zone, with altitudes of 2100- 2250 m above sea level. The rainfall ranges from 260 -630mm/annum (Data Adi-tekelezan meteorological station) and the temperature range is 5o- 25o.

Even though there is a shower during April-May due to Green Belt (Bahari) influence; July –August is the main rainy season of the villages.

The population of the areas estimated about 10,749 people or 2,195 households, which is about 37.9% of the total population of the sub zone. The average family size is 5.1 per household. Approximately 30% of the inhabitants of the villages are female-headed households.

From the study which was conducted in sub zoba Adi-tekelezan, firewood is the principal source of energy for over 88%. They may use animal dung as alternative source of energy for cooking if and only if the firewood is scarce/ unavailable.

The study also discloses that around 48% of the inhabitants of the sub zoba use improved stove. This intervention has astonishing contribution in mitigating wood cutting in the area, besides environmental pollution and health problems.

As the sub town of Adi-tekelezan is pacing toward urbanization, people tend to cut trees to meet their housing demands. This has left the area vulnerable to land degradation and firewood scarcity.
The overall objective of the project is to improve the ecological condition of the project area and create sound environment through afforstation and Soil and Water Conservation measures.

Immediate objective of the project is to minimize land degradation by slowing down the run-off and enhance the environmental awareness of the community.

Expected out puts: Create enabling Environment for further Agricultural developments; land degradation of the areas rehabilitated/reclaimed; productivity increased by slowing down the run-off and erosion; fertile land at the bottom of the hill; environmental hazards reduced.

Among many others, main activities will include; enclosing project area, terracing, tree planting, and awareness raising.

The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) of Anseba Region is the grantee of the project and will closely work with the Ministry of Agriculture for technical backstopping.
Other important stakeholders of the project are the Local Administration, SGP, and the UNDP.
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Project Snapshot

National Union of Eritrean Women
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,568.60
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 12,252.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 13,316.50
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 1
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 240
Hectares of degraded land rest 30
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 2195
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 10749