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The U.S. says it is “investing” $8.7 milloin in Biodiversity in Ethiopia 

USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Adam Schmidt speaks at the launch event for USAID’s Biodiversity and Community Resilience in the Omo Valley (BIOM) activity, South Omo Zone, SNNPR, December 13, 2022. ( Courtesy of U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa)

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The United States has been relentless in penetrating nearly all sectors in Ethiopia. It makes claims of “investing in Ethiopia’s development.” 

In its latest string of announcement, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa says the U.S. is investing $8.7 million in “Biodiversity and Community Resilience in South Omo Zone, SNNPR Region” 

The Statement the U.S. Embassy sent us is shared below : 

“U.S. Launches $8.7 Million Investment for Biodiversity and Community Resilience in South Omo Zone, SNNPR Region 

Addis Ababa, December 14, 2022The United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Biodiversity and Community Resilience in the Omo Valley (BIOM), a new $8.7 million project in the South Omo zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).  Over the next five years, BIOM will improve biodiversity, livelihoods, and human rights in Ethiopia’s lower Omo zone through community-based conservation, ecotourism, livestock production, and political advocacy training.  

The activity will be implemented in partnership with the local government and members of the community, living between the Omo National Park and the Mago National Park.  This land is being considered for the establishment of a new conservation trust—the Tama Community Conservation Area.  

USAID’s approach of focusing on both the biodiversity and the people of the Omo Valley recognizes the crucial role of communities as stewards of their own ecosystems.  The new activity will directly benefit over 2,000 square kilometers of the Tama Community Conservation Area and will engage over 400 households in employment in the conservation area programs and administration, including work in ecotourism lodges, local craft production and sales, and tourism experiences.  A benefit-sharing system will be established for those 13,500 residents of the area not directly involved. 

At the launch event for the USAID BIOM activity, partners (International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Cool Ground, and the Peace and Development Center), local government representatives, members of the private sector (African Canvas and Fredy Hess Travel), and community members from the Mursi, Bodi, and Kwegu communities joined USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Adam Schmidt in celebration.  

Community members took the stage to describe their appreciation for this focus on their critical problems related to biodiversity, peace building, ecotourism, and livestock production.  They commended the project’s grass roots approach of giving the local community the lead on the project’s design and their own development process.  

In 2022 alone, USAID has invested more than $1.6 billion across Ethiopia in humanitarian and development aid.  This new project is another example of the cooperation between the American people and the Ethiopian people. 

To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia (usembassy.gov) and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and @USEmbassyAddis on social media. ”

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1 COMMENT

  1. Q: Why not first help the Afars, Amaras, and Oromos displaced by TPLF & OLF/OLA?

    Q: Why allow foreigners to operate without prior government project approval?

    Q: Why not launch Local NGOs in diverse specialties that foreigners hook-up with?

    ‘Ecosystem’ is the keyword here. Just look at the Gibe River & the Omo River. They wind up in Kenya’s Lake Turkana. Remember that Kenya is STILL a British colony!

    Kenya & Britain opposed Ethiopia’s hydro projects on Gibe & Omo. Consequently, Kenya tactfully stalled importing Ethiopia’s electricity for about 2 years.

    America and its Dogs are tying to get close to the dams and stir trouble under the pretext they laid out above. They are not there to help! Kick them out NOW!

    Reminder: The American Air Force had a base in Ethiopia around there. It had been mapping the area under the guise of containing Al-shabab. Why was that allowed?

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