Transforming Resilience in Pastoral Areas of Ethiopia: The Launch of a User-Centered Integrated Rangeland and Water Monitoring and Early Warning System in Pastoral areas of Ethiopia

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The workshop marked a significant milestone in the pursuit of sustainable development. Supported by the generous contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), this groundbreaking project, led by the Alliance of Biodiversity International, CIAT, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and the Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research (EIAR), promises to revolutionize resilience and adaptation in pastoralist communities facing dire climate change risks.

By integrating technology through real-time data, a Human-centered design (HCD) approach, and indigenous knowledge, the platform will empower pastoral communities to make risk-informed decisions to adopt and build resilience towards climate change impacts. Additionally, the platform will enhance collaboration and coordination among decision-makers, researchers, and other stakeholders to make data-driven decisions utilizing web-based tools. Through site-specific information on the relative depth, rainfall, and evaporation level of the water surface/waterhole the tool will provide timely and accurate data enhancing decision making.

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