Gabgabo Community Watershed Management Project
Gabgabo Community Watershed Management Project
Gabgabo is a village within Elabered Sub-region of Anseba Regional Administration. It is located 24 km South-East of Keren town and 67 km south west of Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea. The surrounding of Gabgabo village is hilly landscape and lies within the range of 1600-2600 meters above sea level with average annual rainfall of 600 mm. Plant biodiversity currently available in Gabgabo Landscape is an important source of livelihoods. The inhabitants of the village have major land degradation and biodiversity challenges. Due to the hilly nature of the landscape surrounding the village and its farmland, soil erosion during the rainy season is tremendous and thus this cause dumping off the farm land situated at the bottom of the hills and reduces the size of existing farmland and depletes the nutrients necessary for the crops. Therefore, the biodiversity in this landscape is highly threatened. The overall goal of the project is to contribute towards improved conservation of biodiversity and rehabilitation of degraded land and ensuring sustainable community livelihood improvement. The specific objective of the project will be strengthening the technical and institutional capacities of local environmental actors and undertake appropriate natural resources conservation and rehabilitation measures in 40 ha of degraded land in Gabgabo Village Administration. The mode of project implementation is by empowering the local community through awareness raising, training and practice and decentralization of all activities to watershed level in order to achieve improvements in key areas of environmental problems that affect their livelihoods. It also intends to address other associated environmental problems such as land degradation, climate change as well as reducing problems of siltation, flooding and others through soil and water conservation practices (like composting, communal pasture management, forest establishment, establishment of protected area and establishment of school environment clubs). Consequently, all these interventions are believed to contribute to sustainable land management, conservation of biological diversity in the locality. Project’s duration is 2 years. It will promote sustainable land use practices, including improved agriculture, reforestation and establishment of a protected area for biodiversity conservation in the Gabgabo watershed. In order to effectively implement and manage successfully the project, Sub-regional Development Committee has already mobilized members of the local community, set up Kebabi Development Committees, assessed and prioritized the existing problems in the locality, and prepared the project proposal on conserving biodiversity through sustainable land management. Technical capacity building of local actors is a major component of the project that involves project familiarization, formation of work groups, training of local environmental vanguards (Clubs, traditional associations) and small-scale farmers. The Project will undertake community-based Soil and Water Conservation activities within an enclosed area of 40ha, construction of 20km soil bands, 20 Km hillside terraces, 2625 m3 of check dams, 10,500 micro-basins, in the enclosed area. The project needs a total of ERN 1,408,200.00 or USD 93,880. Of which Contribution of GEF/ SGP is USD 50,000.00, Anseba Local Government will parallel co finance ERN 329,700 or USD 21,980.00, Gabgabo community contribution is ERN 319,995.00 or USD 21,333.00, and Kebabi Administration will also contribute ERN 8,500.05 or USD 566.67. Though, the overall responsibility and the actual implementation will be the sole responsibility of the Gabgabo Development Committee, other stakeholders will also provide the Gabgabo Development committee with technical and administrative backstopping. The major partners involved are the local community members, Kebabi Administration Office and all relevant line ministries such as Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Land Water and Environment (MoLWE) and the regional government. Gabgabo Development Committee members, soil and water conservation experts from the Branch Ministry of Agriculture and Branch Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, SGP personnel 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 will also be carefully documented and communicated to concerned organizations and offices Gabgabo Development Committee supported by SGP office. The sustainability of the project results is seriously taken into account by focusing on building the capacity of stakeholders and creating benefit sharing mechanism.
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Project Snapshot

Gabgabo Community Development
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 43,879.67
Project Number:
Currently under execution

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Freweini Negash
Mr. Alemseged Moges


Hday street
Asmara, East Africa, 5366
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