The 5th annual national conference held

Three academic units of BDU, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Institute of Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Studies, and School of Earth Science, jointly hosted the 5th annual national conference on the theme “agriculture and environmental management for sustainable development” from June 01-02, 2018.

Despite the efforts being made by different stakeholders and actors, the country is increasingly facing devastating natural resource degradations, environmental pollution, climate change, and other various manmade and natural disasters and risks, said BDU’s Vice-President for Research and Community service Dr. Mulunesh Abebe in her opening speech. She particularly mentioned the water hyacinth on Lake Tana.

The conference and its themes will help in creating consciousness and would push us to raise questions on what we are doing so far and on the value of our existence as scientific community, she added.  

Dr. Solomon Addisu, Dean of College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, noted sustainable development goals, the country’s vision of becoming a middle income country by 2025 including the continental developmental roadmap(agenda 2063) and other domestic strategies and policies as background motives of the conference. He elaborated that in light of these goals the three academic units are playing a significant role in capacity building, research and community outreach programs.

Decision makers from federal and regional government agencies, academicians from different public universities and research institutes have attended the conference.