Monday, 16 April 2018 06:15

Arsi University Hosts the 10th Ethiopian Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Association (EFASA) Annual Conference on April 13/2018.

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The president of Arsi University, His Excellency Dr. Duguma Adugna warmly welcomes the participants who came from various universities of the country. In his welcoming speech, the president affirms that Arsi University is the youngest higher learning institution which is only 4 sold years old; however, the University is enough matured to organize and chair conferences and workshop like this that can create exposure for sustainable interaction of scholars, researchers and scientists to find solution towards the existing challenges of our environment. He also appreciates the scholars who have been working relentlessly to obviate the prevailing aquatic ecosystem threat.


His Excellency Dr. Gemedo Dale, Minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change makes a sound and remarkable opening speech where he values the progress that has been performed by scholars of different Ethiopian Universities to bring a sustainable development without harming the surrounding community. The Minister also states that the country has immense potential of water resource which can contribute the economic development and livelihood of the community, but most of our water bodies and aquatic resources are adversely affected by reckless activities. This in turn may affect other water bodies’ related activities like navigation, irrigation and fishing because the surface of the water is covered with weed hyacinth/E.crassipes. Several efforts have been made by governments and non-governments to eradicate the weed from the system since it has been noticed; however, the lesson indicates from other nations, it is not an easy task to avoid the weed once established, and it demands an integrated approach. Finally, Dr. calls professionals, scholars and other concerned group to take action towards the prevalent impends of aquatic environment that may create a huge and chronic ecological crisis.

Next to this, several papers have been presenting in the conference, and a hot panel discussion has been conducted where scholars, researchers and scientists are openly discoursing regarding the presenting information so as to bring something better for the wellbeing of aquatic environment. In the conference, about 18 universities of the country are represented by their scholars, researchers and scientists for a joint action against aquatic ecosystem threat.

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