Lake Tana awaits YOU!

The Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve has been established to protect the immensely valuable biological and cultural diversity of the area around Lake Tana, while at the same time promoting sustainable economic development and land use. Local communities will benefit from new environmentally-friendly sources of income and an improved living standard. The rich cultural heritage and unique biodiversity will be conserved for future generations to enjoy.


NABU supported the establishement of a biosphere reserve at Lake Tana

The Nature and Biodiversity Union (NABU) has supported the Government of Ethiopia and Amhara National Regional State during the establishment of the Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve, in cooperation with the Michael Succow Foundation, with the project ‘For People and Nature: Establishment of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Lake Tana in Ethiopia’ from 2012 to 2016.

In 2015 the Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve (LTBR) was accepted into the worldwide network of UNESCO biosphere reserves and officially inaugurated.


NABU supports nature conservation and sustainable development in the LTBR

Since April 2016 NABU is implementing the project “Community based Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation in the model area of Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia” in the Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve, thus promoting nature conservation, climate adaptation, participatory resource management and sustainable development – the goals of every biosphere reserve – with the kind support of the German Ministery for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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