Forestation, Conservation Measures to Save Water Resources in Eritrea

30 Sep 2007 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
ASMARA, Eritrea

— As is true in countries throughout Africa, rapid urbanization is drinking up Ethiopia's water supply and often contaminating its sources. In the last six or seven years, the government and local communities have stepped up soil and water conservation activities, including projects to re-forest the country. Eritrea is a considered a dry to semi-dry country. The annual rainfall in the highlands reaches as high as 1000 millimeters in the highlands and down to 400 millimeters in the western lowlands. Water resources development expert Dr. Woldezion Misghina, notes that while the amount of rainfall Eritrea gets is not low, but "when the rain comes, it falls heavily on the ground and erodes it extensively...

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