Training and dissemination activities

Kick Off Meeting

During the kick off meeting, a field visit for team members and university wider audience was organised to discuss mainly educational and research aspects at the case study site. The principles of biomonitoring were highlighted directly at the banks of the river and in the river itself. Socio-economic questions and ideas on collection mode of related data were reviewed. Participants also discussed potential upcoming practical trainings  for students and local communities.

Joint Workshop February 2016

In February 2016, two workshops on „river ecology“ took place at Ambo University. The bioindicator groups adressed were fish, benthic invertebrates and microbiology.
The workshops were held as joint activity of the three projects CAPAQUA II (financed by the Austrian Development Agency), LARIMA (APPEAR project 106, this webpage)and STRECAFISH (APPEAR project 101, activities were designed to have lectures on river ecology and bioassessment as well as practical training for and with students and scientific staff of Ambo University and EIAR-NFALRC.

    • River ecology and introduction to bioindicator-based methods to assess the ecological integrity of streams and rivers (17th and 18th February 2016)
    • Practical applications for assessing the ecological integrity of streams & rivers using benthic invertebrates, fish and microbial indicators (19th to 25th February 2106)

The workshops facilitated all components of bioassessment from theory via field and lab work to analyses and presentation of results.

Workshops 2017

The Stakeholder Workshop “Training Workshop on River Pollution and Bio-assessment” (19thto 20th May 2017) took place at the National Fishery and Aquatic Life Research Center in Sebeta. Among many, Holeta ETVET college, EIAR-NFLARC and AU staff members and ministerial offices such as water and energy, agriculture, environmental protection, industry, education, municipalities, health and forest attended the workshop.
Aims of the workshop were:
• to create awareness on the project achievements and key findings
• to present the status of river pollution in the central highlands of Ethiopia mainly Sebeta area (main pollution source in the upper Awash catchment)
• to create awareness on river bio-assessment methods specifically using benthic macro- invertebrates and microbes
• to establish a team who continuously organize awareness creation workshop to different stakeholders

In June 2017, two workshops were carried out at Ambo University.

The one-day Collaborative Workshop "Training Workshop on River Pollution and Bio-assessment" (13th June 2017) aimed on creating awareness within the participants, particularly within the university’s management members since they are all new comers to the positions and to show the progress of the project until the present day. Participants were from different collaborative offices from Dandi woreda, Ambo Town municipality and West Showa zone Administrative offices and from the Ambo University.


The “Training Workshop for MSc students of the Faculty of Biology” (10th to 11th June 2017) addressed first year MSc. Students of the Biology department of different program: Fisheries and Aquaculture, Environmental sciences, and Microbiology. The training was based on theoretical and practical based on bio-assessment of water ecosystem health.