Universities initiate research-based climate change response

ADDIS ABABA – Universities have pledged to maximize research-based interventions in the national effort to tackle pressing climate change issues.

Speaking to the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA), Gondar University President Asrat Atsedewoin (PhD) said that the university is carrying out various climate related action researches in all programs and other related streamlined projects to respond to climate change thereby witnessing impactful outcomes in the area.

Among various innovative interventions, he elucidated that the university has managed to convert water hyacinth or locally known as ‘Emboch’ into fertilizer, biogas and other purposes. It has also made structural shifts and established a climate change research hub which help manage the climate change impacts.

Aside from green legacy initiatives, the institutions under the auspices of university are dedicatedly implementing multi sectoral national conservation chores with regard to soil conservation, water basin, restoration, energy, researches and other climate change issues.

He said adding that the university is also playing its forefront role with respect to green legacy initiative by nurturing home grown nurseries in various sapling stations and dispatching to surrounding institutions for free to address the issue.

Coordination among parallel universities should be further strengthened by impactful researches in a bid to trickling down research findings and other innovative ideas meaningfully. Asrat has also called on universities to avoid conducting duplicated research works which are always kept on the shelf.

Given the global aggravating impacts of the climate issue that is posing greater impacts on the universe, Dire Dawa University President Ubah Adem (PhD) on her part stated that the university has been conducting flood mitigation research activities and range land management research findings to the administration.

Dire Dawa University is also working on solar based energy sources and technology related engagements to contribute to climate change mitigation.

As the city has been putting in place different catchment areas, Ubah (PhD) said her university has been delivering flood mitigation findings by prioritizing problem-solving research.

The university is also creating awareness to the community, which has several farmers and pastoralists, on how to tackle flood and other natural shocks through homegrown knowledge to manage their resources.

By the same token, Bikila Workineh (PhD) from Addis Ababa University emphasized that universities should pursue both formal and informal education platforms to educate the general public and promote climate action researches.

Higher education institutions can also contribute their grate share in the national innovation systems technology transfer, human capital development for nation’s sustainable development, he added.

“Climate change response is a moral imperative of education institutions. They also need to embrace sustainable development and social responsibility agenda.”

Moreover, ministries need to forge collaborations and join forces with regional and local government bodies to support climate action programs, he underscored.

It is to be recalled that scholars comprised universities and other federal pertinent representatives has recently deliberated to work on environment and climate change issues.

BY ASHENAFI ANIMUT

The Ethiopian Herald June 23/2024

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