The continuous monitoring of hydrological and meteorological variables is a prerequisite for informed water resources management. However, in many developing countries, such as Ethiopia, observational networks remain very scarce. Even those in existence are rarely adequately maintained and many have deteriorated over the past decades. One possible way of enhancing monitoring networks is through the active involvement of local stakeholders and communities.
This report describes the development of hydrometeorological monitoring networks in three watersheds in the highlands of the Blue Nile River Basin of Ethiopia: Dapo (18 km2), Mizewa (27 km2) and Meja (96 km2). The aim of establishing these networks was to provide high-quality data to inform rainwater management strategies that will help to improve the livelihoods of farmers. In all three watersheds, relevant stakeholders and communities participated in the planning, installation and management of the networks.
Birhanu Zemadim; McCartney, M.; Langan, S.; Sharma, B. A participatory approach for hydrometeorological monitoring in the Blue Nile river basin of Ethiopia. International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2013) 36 pp. ISBN 978-92-9090-782-4 [IWMI Research Report 155] [DOI: 10.5337/2014.200]