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Managing waste imperative to keep the environment clean and safe

As urbanization and industrialization are expanding at alarming rate in our country, it is imperative to manage and handle the adverse impacts of waste posed to the environment and citizens, State Minister of Innovation and Technology (MInT) Jemal Beker told workshop participants.The state minister made the remark while opening a workshop entitled: “Adoption of bioaugmentation and bio-organic catalyst technology for waste treatment.” The workshop, organized by the Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, is held today ( 24 May, 2019).The workshop is aimed at critically evaluating the technology and generates ideas before implementing it in the country The workshop is believed to have a much-valued platform for sharing knowledge and best practices as well as to adopt new technologies towards tackling challenges posed to the environment and humankind. It also aims to contribute to the efforts made in minimizing and alleviating Ethiopia’s waste management issues through awareness creation, experience sharing and technology adoption.

The state Minister was quoted as saying: “Truly, one of the instruments that help us to keep our environment clean and safe is adopting bio-augmentation and bio-organic catalyst waste management technologies.”

He said that these practices have been identified as essential for economic development in low-income countries in particular, adding “indeed, it is a promising long-term and sustainable solution to the growing challenges of industrialization and urbanization.”

Our world today is facing major environmental issues due to climate change, pollution, environmental degradation, and resource depletion emanated from human wrong doings. One of the greatest challenges from these is environmental pollution a growing concern that became biggest existential threat to the survival of mankind on planet earth.

Currently, we can say that we live in a world of waste brought by uncontrolled population growth and improper industrial refuse. Indeed, curbing these harmful impacts requires collecting and managing solid and human waste which poses a mounting challenge for countries across the world. This problem is deep rooted and intense in resource - limited countries such as Ethiopia with direct and indirect adverse impact on water quality, health and biodiversity.

More than ever, Jemal underscored that we need good management systems and technologies to respond effectively to any environmental associated concerns.

The state minister noted that his ministry has been mandated to collaborate and cooperate with appropriate stakeholders in order to advance STEEP (science, technology, economy, environment and political) need assessment, identification, acquisition, packaging, utilization and disposal, and follow up the implementation of technological roadmaps to ensure sustainable development undergoing in the country.

Research and development activities undertaken by the Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute that focus on exploring emerging technologies and know-how will help to generate products and services in line with the country’s priority growth direction, immensely contributing to GTP achievement.

Close to 75 participants, drawn from universities, research intuitions and from the Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, are attending the workshop.


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