Water and sediment budgets of Lake Tana for optimisation of land management and water allocation

In order to upgrade their research and teaching capacity and to come up with a holistic study on the sediment and water budget of Lake Tana basin, BDU has contacted partners from UG and K.U.Leuven. So far, such research has been constrained by limited data availability and reliability. Hence the proposed project will (1) increase the understanding of hydrology and sediment in order to develop tools and strategies that would contribute to proper planning and management of land and water resources of the Lake Tana basin, and hence (2) enhance the capacity of BDU, EPLAUA and BOWRD (PhD and MSc training) and to promote integration among stakeholders dealing with land and water issues. A hydrological model and a sediment budget will be quantified for Lake Tana basin; catchment management maps and decision support system for water allocation will be prepared; and research outcomes made available to stakeholder organizations, policy makers and the broad public.