Development, Management and Utilization of Community Watersheds Proclamation No. 1223-2020

PROCLAMATION NO. 1223/2020

Development, Management and Utilization of Community Watersheds Proclamation

WHEREAS, it is necessary to prevent environmental degradation and natural resources depletion, biodiversity conservation and to develop water resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to maintain the productivity of the land for the future generation with a view to creating suitable conditions for crop and livestock development;

WHEREAS, it is necessary to extend the ongoing watershed development activities with a view to increasing production and productivity of farmers pastoralists and semi- pastoralists to ensure food security and create conducive environment to create job opportunities;

WHEREAS, although watershed development activities were undertaken in the previous years by investing large amount of human and financial resources, ensuring their sustainability demands devising mechanisms whereby the watershed users assume responsibility to manage, utilize and protect natural resources with the sense of ownership;

WHEREAS, it is necessary to develop universal capacity of community watershed users to manage, utilize and protect the resources they have developed and to ensure their economic and social utilization;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Article 55(1) and (2)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:

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