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Save the Environment Ethiopia-SEE is nongovernmental, nonprofit indigenous NGO operating in the fields of environmental rehabilitation, education, renewable energy and livelihood enhancement linked with environmental safety in the Somali regional state of Ethiopia with view to combat desertification by rehabilitating the tainted natural resources and prevention of additional man-made environmental risks by engaging the community in environmental protection through community dialogs, mobilization and awareness raising in areas on our focus.

Date of Establishment:

21-Aug, 2007

Purpose of Organization:

The organization works to develop the capacity of the local community on environmental protection, education and rehabilitation management related issues by practical and community mobilization approaches with a comprehensive perception of the root cause and consequences of the environmental degradation.
Rehabilitation of environment through reforestation and soil conservation in devastated and impacted area.
Promotion of environmentally friendly utilization techniques of natural resources.
Enabling the disadvantaged and marginalized community members for access to basic social services.
Improve the awareness level of the community towards development.
•       Natural resource management and conservation.
•       The right of creating assets.
•       Municipal waste management systems.
•       Income generating schemes.
Create opportunities for reduction workload on women and children.
Enable the community establish effective and efficient disaster management system and enhance minimize or prevention of displacement due natural calamities.

GEF/SGP involvement:

We have been implementing a project named 'Community Based Environmental Management, Livelihood Improvement and Solar Electrification of Deneba Village'. The project life span was a period of two years we have implemented the first year. the planned activities and components of the project objectives were successfully attained, Now we are in the implementation of the second year activities which are all going smooth.


Since 2009, no less than eight plantation sites on average 247 hectares of land have been established; different exotic and indigenous trees were planted and protected from animal and human interference for the aim of rejuvenation and regeneration of forests to host different species of wild and domestic animals.
These plantation sites grow mass of grasses that are cut for the feed of cattle which was distributed to beneficiaries for livelihood through cut and carry system.

Adaptation to climate change:
In 2007, SEE was formed to address the challenges of land degradation, overgrazing and deforestation for different aims. It has since emerged as a leading example of community based adaptation to climate change. Save the Environment (SEE) began with a community assessment of existing constraints to local health and wellbeing, with special consideration for challenges arising due to climate change and natural resource base decline. The community has initiated a range of actions to address land degradation and Environmental decline, both of which have plagued local residents and threatened local livelihoods and wellbeing. Some of the most effective interventions include a comprehensive tree-planting campaign; the construction of Check-dams, soil bunds has Resulted the transformation of lands and rejuvenation of the catchment area. Vegetation cover has quickly returned, soil erosion has been greatly reduced, and rain water infiltration into the subsoil has increased, improved livelihoods, diversified incomes and strengthened food security. All these was done on ‘community-based participatory planning’, which prioritizes population in each step of project design, development and implementation. Responsiveness to local needs, and the ability to draw from local resources, while specific mechanisms have also been put in place to ensure the inclusion of women in all aspects of community planning, project implementation and monitoring.

Land degradation:
Starting from the implementation of environmental welfare activities, SEE has produced 1,992,555 tree, fruit and vegetable Seedlings for reforestation and human consumption. These amounts of seedlings are used for rehabilitation of degraded land incorporated with soil and water conservation techniques. 320 M3 Gabion retaining walls were constructed in an effort to demolish big gullies that has threatened the livelihoods of the local people. In addition to this construction and maintenance of 860 M3 of soil bunds and check-dams were developed over the years that has recovered fast agricultural lands.

Sustainable forest management:
in our areas of intervention, there are refugees from Somalia in large number, these refugees used to go to the bushes to collect fire woods and cut trees for house construction for a long time (since 1991 in Kebribayah refugee camp) and (2007 in Shedder and Awbere refugee camps) that has resulted the loss of hundreds of thousands of trees which has caused the surrounding land to be susceptible to multiple environmental risks one of which is land degradation. Multiple awareness raising, community dialogs and innovation of alternative cheap ways of house construction and household energy development such as (mud-brick houses, biogas and bio-diesel) were invented; and we were able to divert the attention of further exploitation of forest by the community.
In line with these activities we are providing thousands of tree seedlings to be planted by the community, in the tree plantation campaigns.

Capacity Development:
Our activities, projects and programs are community based, their involvement in the steps of the projects are of paramount importance for us and the sustainability and positive impacts of our project, the aim of this involvement is that when the projects phase out, the community will continue.
•       Formation of different environmental protection committees who then develop by-laws for the communities.
•       Legally registered CBO is established to serve the environment.
•       Trainings were given
•       Women are assured to participate in all stages of the program as part of Gender mainstreaming
•       Numerous community awarenesses at camps and local areas every year.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Ethiopia

Contact Details
Street Address:
P.o.Box: 620
Telephone No.:
Fax Phone:
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Land Degradation
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Local

  • Contact Person
    Mr. Gedi Mahamud Gohe Key Contact Person
    General Manager
    State/Province/Other: Somali
    Telephone No.:

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