The Hailemariam & Roman Foundation (HRF) and country director of the French Development Agency (AFD) along with its consulting team, BRL Ingénierie, held a productive meeting on the identification of a biodiversity project at HRF’s headquarter.

The former First Lady of Ethiopia and CEO of HRF, H.E. Roman Tesfaye, welcomed everyone to the meeting and expressed gratitude for the presence of the AFD country director and research team of the consulting company, BRL Ingénierie, as well as for their efforts to commence productive partnership with HRF on issues of climate resilience. She added that HRF will offer the required assistance while the consulting firm of AFD conducts a project identification & feasibility study to pick the most suitable biodiversity project site.

The delegates were given an overview of the  HRF and its Climate Smart Conservation & Ecotourism Program, during the session. The focus of the briefing was on HRF’s credibility, trustworthiness, ability to convene, and access to the highest levels, all of which serve as the best potential for carrying out the project effectively and efficiently.

The country director of the French Development Agency (AFD) and its study team respectively, thanked HRF for organizing the meeting. According to the study team’s briefing, the outset of today’s session is crucial for completing the development of a detailed project document that will allow AFD to carry out its climate resilience for rural development project in collaboration with HRF.

As stated in the meeting, the identification & feasibility study will be carried out in two phases. The first phase, information gathering, will start today and last for 10 days, focusing on the two national parks that have been preselected: Maze and Chebera Churchura National Park. Whereas the second phase, which is the full feasibility study will last from February 27 to March 11, 2023.

The meeting came to an end by assigning tasks to each partner in order to successfully complete the first phase of the study at field level.

Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

January 2023, Addis Ababa