Integrated rainwater management strategies: Hydrometric monitoring Meja Watershed in Jeldu Woreda

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A poster prepared by Birhanu Zemadim, Matthew McCartney, Bharat Sharma and Seleshi Bekele for the NBDC Launch Workshop, Addis Ababa, 29 September 2010.

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Integrated rainwater management strategies: Hydrometric monitoring Meja Watershed in Jeldu Woreda

  1. 1. Rainwater management for resilient livelihoods Integrated Rainwater Management Strategies: Hydrometric Monitoring Meja Watershed in Jeldu Woreda Description Located in the south of the Abbay basin to the north-east of Ambo town Tributary to the Guder river Rainfall: 1,400 – 2,000 mm Middle catchment The headwaters are in a flat wide valley, which is heavily utilized by livestock Downstream, the catchment comprises deeply incised mountain streams Slopes of up to 80 o are being cultivated Plantations of eucalyptus occupy Upper catchment approximately 10-15% of the landscape Gully with eucalyptus Drainage Traditional bridge Challenges Interventions Seasonal water scarcity • Some traditional diversions for irrigating Heavily deforested in the last 10-20 years potatoes, maize and onions Slope slumping and gullying are common • Drainage furrows to remove water from fields in phenomena the wet season Productivity has “halved” in recent years • Planting of euclayptus to halt gullying and (according to local farmer) erosion CPWF Nile Project 2: Integrated rainwater management strategies – technologies, institutions and policies Poster Prepared for the NBDC Launch Workshop, Addis Ababa,29 September 2010

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