Grand Kulfo Project: AMU organizes excursion at Guge Mountain

Grand Kulfo Project in the last leg of collating research findings has organized the excursion to Guge Mountain for university community, woreda & zone officials and surrounding community to create awareness in the catchment areas.

The highlight of the excursion was, 70 individuals including AMU, government officials and others taking 8-hour back journey from Guge summit to Arba Minch observing entire Kulfo River course till it finally flows into Chamo Lake.

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The excursion began climbing Guge Mountain tucked up 4200 meters above the sea level, wherein at summit, people found due to rampant deforestation activities such as over-utilization of vegetation and unauthorized agricultural activities forest cover is almost devastated.

Research teams, woreda & zone officials and university community observed the affected areas as the overall situation is dismal. Though, little forest is left which further can be used to increase the green cover in the region.

At the foot of Guge Mountain, three small rivers from Chencha and Zigiti form a confluence at Titika from where Kulfo begins its journey to Lake Chamo. All committee members visited and studied the catchment areas and soon will device appropriate remedial measures to restore the lost glory. Fuel alternatives for the community will be explored to save the remaining forest.

Hydro-Meteorology Committee will find out the potential flow of water and its recurrent changes and there will be demarcation for different catchment areas.

Under the project, Kulfo River will be trained by regulating frequent floods and haphazard flow will be streamlined to prevent the flow of sediment and gravel into lakes.

Water Resource Research Centre Director, Dr Abdella heading River Training Committee, said, it was opportunity to know how watershed is degraded, its severity and what measures are imperative to set things right.

Landscaping and Beautification Committee head, Rajendra Kunwar was mesmerized to see captivating Guge Mountain landscape with plethora of indigenous plant species that, he thinks will help to create ecological balance at Kulfo river banks.

Kulfo River’s right and left banks are expected to have amphitheatres that will assure entertainment all through the year. It will stimulate tourism; generate jobs thus increase the socio-economic importance of Arba Minch town.

With all research findings, we expect a composite proposal to attract funding from across the world as getting financial resources won’t be a problem as global parties are ready to fund for soil conservation, carbon dating and other activities, Research Directorate Director, Dr Fantahun said. Attributing credit to Dr Feleke Woldeyes, he said, Dr Feleke contributed a lot for it and we hope to get the fruits of our hard works within five years time.

Dean of College of Social Science and Humanities, Dr Teshome Yirgu’s Land-use Planning & Watershed Development Committee detected soil types and analyzed livelihood options of community. Watershed isn’t only physical and biological management of landscape but we need to help people to have better livelihood like dairy farming, lumbering, eco-tourism etc,’’ he opined.

Dafaru Abebe heading Socio-Economic Committee said, shortage of proper farming land is the cause of concern. Through the project an alternative means of livelihood would be explored for the community.


(By Corporate Communication Directorate: Philips Joseph)