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Addis Ababa University (AAU) is to establish an institute that will certify the environmental impact assessments made by companies on their projects.
The upcoming institute, which currently exists as a center- Climate Science Center, will be certified by a foreign company based in Britain in the near future, according to Zewdu Eshetu (Phd) who is the director of the center. The establishment of the institution, which will likely be given a legal entity via a proclamation, is going well, according to Zewdu. “A lot has been done to bring it to reality. But it has to be certified and given a legal entity as well for it to certify others. We hope it will come to fruition in the near future,” he told Capital.
The center, which is working together with the African Center for Disaster Risk Management as well as UN agencies working on the area, is financed by other partners and once it is given a legal entity it plans to generate its own income by providing projects with a consultancy service.
The fact that this will be the first local institution working on green house measuring, means that it has the potential to play a significant role in environmental impact assessment certification for ongoing projects throughout the country.
“There is no local organization that is currently working on certifying and consulting on the impact of projects on climate change. If you want to work with foreign companies, it is too expensive so those companies prefer not to certify them,” he added.
Geteachew Eshetu, climate change advisor at the Department for International Development (DFID), a UK organization, also lauded the coming of the organization claiming that such an institution is necessary to address the existing serious fear the country is facing with regard to climate change.
A total of 27 pilot projects are being assessed in Ethiopia and are close to being completed, according to Getachew.
According to a study conducted with regard to climate change vulnerability in 2006, Ethiopia was reported to be among the few nations with indicators that pointed to it being vulnerable.