Conserve Nature or Sustain Livelihoods?

The Awash River Basin in Ethiopia not only faces land degradation, high population density, natural water degradation salinity and wetland degradation. Also desertification has started at lower Awash River Basin.

As seen here in the picture more and more water is drawn from the river for agricultural production and intensification with the help of water reservoirs fed by the river  and/or dams. There could be drastic climate and ecological changes endangering habitats and human livelihood.

Where to stop or start conserving nature for sustaining livelihoods?

Photo by:
Esther Robbe
Awash River Basin, Ethiopia
September 2015
Posted by:
Esther Robbe
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