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Prof. Ensermu received his MSc degree in Botany and BSc degree in Biology from Addis Ababa university in 1982 1978 respectively and got his PhD in Systematic Botany in 1990 from Uppsala University, Sweden. Since 1978, Professor Ensermu had been selflessly serving in different administrative positions at Addis Ababa University. He was the curator of the National Herbarium at the University, Chair of Plant and Biodiversity Management Programme, and lately, Head of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management Department.
Professor Ensermu was an initiator and a founding member of several initiatives. He was a founding member of the Biological Society of Ethiopia, where he served as president from 2002-2014. He was also a founding member and associate editor of Ethiopia Journal on Biological Sciences. He also initiated and coordinated a Thematic Research Project titled: "Flora and Fungal Diversity, Ethno-botany and Carbon Sequestration of Western and South-Western Ethiopia." Prof. Ensermu was also Board Chair and member of several associations including Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF), Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, Ethiopian Heritage Trust, International Association of Plant Taxonomy, etc. He was awarded by Patenschaften für Biologische Vieltfalt e.V from Germany, and recognized as a member of the Species Survival Commission of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Eastern African Plants Red List Authority. He has also authored and co-authored more than 20 research findings.
Prof. Ensermu was among those who initiated the establishment of Gullele Botanic Garden in Addis Ababa. Despite some hiccups regarding his involvement in the GBG development process, Prof. Ensermu remained flexible, responsible and committed, and he always put gross amount of rewarding effort for the substantial gain of the Gullele Botanical Garden. Prof. Ensermu was also instrumental for the successful completion of the GBG design competition and subsequent reviews of the proposed design solutions of the winning entry.
Prof. Ensermu was survived by his wife, three children and four grand children. Nothing can ever replace the amazing person he was and HoA-REC&N would like to convey its condolences to the scholar that we lost and wish his family and co-workers the best as they move towards completion of his legacy.
With sincere sympathy,
Araya Asfaw (PhD)
Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network
Present at the event was Mr. Dagnew Tadesse, who spoke on behalf of H.E. Dr. Kebede Worku, Health Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. While explaining the various health and environment related problems caused by household air pollution, Mr. Tadesse stressed that it was time to tackle air pollution...
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Participants of the workshop were representatives of various ministries, embassies, and relevant government and non-government agencies in Ethiopia. Speaking on the workshop, Dr. Araya Asfaw, Executive Director of HoA-REC&N, underlined that there is a need for Ethiopia to improve the quality of its coffee production and to adapt the most advanced technology to local environment.
As opposed to the traditional system, which requires 7-12 days to dry coffee, infra-red technology will help coffee producers dry coffee in a few hours. It is also helpful in increasing the quantity of coffee by reducing sun-related post-harvest loss by 90%. According to the project plan, this technology will be powered by a bio-gas digester generated by anaerobic digestion of coffee pulp and mucilage. This will in turn reduce environmental impacts caused by coffee waste. Besides, it will help in reducing extensive amount of water used and released into the environment without proper treatment.
On May 26, the 100 Resilient Cities Network announced the winners of the last 35 cities to be members of the Network. The cities were carefully selected among 1000 applicants and span five continents. Six cities from Africa were selected. Among the final 100 Resilient Cities ,11 are from Africa. This is a major achievement for Africa. Addis Ababa and Nairobi were among the six cities that won the competition. This is again an extraordinary achievement for the Horn of Africa. In recognition of Africa’s remarkable achievement, the winners of the last round winners was announced from the City Council of Nairobi in the presence of Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor of Nairobi and Mayor Deriba Kuma of Addis ...