A mere transfer and implementation of abstract results from distant research and education curricula may not strengthen the role of higher education and research institutions in solving their specific problems in Ethiopia. It is a clear intention of the LARIMA project to provide type-specific scientific knowledge and aquatic environmental monitoring tools for researchers, educators, natural resource managers, policy makers, midlevel administrative and educational centres and the community. The project includes an intense exchange of knowledge between the Ethiopian and Austrian partners constituting of an interdisciplinary team of multi-sectorial scientists (natural and social).
LARIMA has the following five distinct objectives:
- Establish a metadatabase on available data on hydrology, land use, meteorology, physico-chemistry, morphology, biology data and gap analysis; validate and adapt biomonitoring tools using benthic invertebrates to assess the status of Ethiopian highland streams and rivers.
- Establish two watershed based case-study sites for research and training on sustainable highland streams and rivers management.
- Develop baseline socio-economic and gender disaggregated information on aquatic ecosystem services in Ethiopian highlands.
- Develop human and institutional capacity for the newly established Ambo University and EIAR-NFALRC regarding education, research and extension on sustainable water resources management.
- Develop strategies to disseminate the project outputs to the scientific community, policy makers, relevant authorities and the wider public.