Rehabilitation of Degraded Catchments in Elabered sub reagion
Project site lies within Elabered –Subregion of Ansbeba Administrative Region, which is about 20 Km east of Keren town, the capital of the Region.
The main environmental problems in Elabered Sub-region are human induced activities of deforestation to expand agricultural land, selling of forest products to subsidize household income and limited efforts to regenerate/plant trees while cutting for many other purposes. The principal source of energy of the residents is firewood.
Livelihood of the population depends on rain-fed agriculture, rearing of livestock and petty trading.
This project, Rehabilitation of Degraded Catchments in three Kebabis of Elabered Sub-Region namely Debresina, Shib-Seleba and Era-Tahtay is envisaged to address land degradation problem by engaging local actors in environmental conservation through building their capacities and undertaking proper Soil & Water Conservation practices and afforestation measures.
This is a two year project of December 2012 to November 2014, targeting a total population of 8,275 or 1,508 households whereby the direct beneficiaries are 900 women who heads households.
The project intervenes in awareness raising, delineation of protected area of 30 ha, soil and water conservation works, planting of drought resistant tree species and training of trainers (TOT) to selected 60 women on improved traditional stove, which the techniques and methods of constructing the improved traditional stove will eventually be widely transferred by the trainers to every household in the communities. Hence, the impacts of the project are eco-friendly that will sustain after the project life.
The project budget is Nakfa 6,231,780.00 or USD 415,452.00 with a contribution from GEF/ SGP Nakfa 750,000 or USD 50,000. In-kind contribution by community, local government, and the branch ministry of Agriculture and branch Ministry of Land, Water and Environment is in the form of labor, SWC working equipment, technical backstopping, and provision of tree seedlings.
In implementing the project, development committees both at the regional and Sub-regional levels are formed. Both committees are composed of members from respective regional/sub-regional administration, branch/sub-branch ministry of Agriculture, members of the NUEW and members of the target communities.
At the project level, each community forms a project committee that undertakes the actual planned activities, where women are strongly represented.
Members of committees cited above, and SGP personnel and representatives from the branch ministries of Agriculture & Land, water and environment are represented in project monitoring and evaluation process and follow result based monitoring as per the detail plan presented in the body of this document. The knowledge gained from the project is also carefully documented and communicated to concerned organizations and offices.
The sustainability of the project results is seriously taken into account by focusing on building the capacity of stakeholders and creating benefit sharing mechanism.

Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 7,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 358,452.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 800
Hectares of degraded land rest 30
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 1508