This document synthesizes eight key messages which together constitute what we call a “new integrated watershed rainwater management paradigm.” These messages are based on the outputs and outcomes of a trans-disciplinary scientific research for development program that combines detailed local field research and engagement with local stakeholders, development and testing of practical learning, communication and planning tools, assessment of opportunities and likely outcomes from scaling out improved rainwater management, and engagement with Ethiopian policy makers and senior officials – all with a foundation in scientific excellence. It explains the messages and the evidence supporting them, and offers suggestions on how to use them to achieve the ambitious conservation and livelihood goals of Ethiopian land and water management investment programs. Implementing this new paradigm will bring lasting and equitable benefits to the rural poor and therefore help achieve Ethiopia’s development goals. It will also generate important downstream benefits in the Abay and other river basins. This document shares our major findings and proposes some next steps.
Merrey, D.J. A new integrated watershed rainwater management paradigm for Ethiopia: Key messages from the Nile Basin Development Challenge, 2009&#8211;2013. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya (2013) 28 pp. [NBDC Technical Report 7]