Czech Ambassador inaugurates Borana Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Project

On May 30, 2024, Miroslav Kosek, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Ethiopia, inaugurated the continuation of the Borana Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (BDRRR) Project. This project is a significant initiative aimed at alleviating the suffering and enhancing the resilience of the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in the Borana zone of the Oromia Regional State.

The Czech government has demonstrated its commitment to global humanitarian efforts by allocating a total of 165 million Czech korunas this year to save lives, alleviate human suffering, reduce vulnerability, and swiftly stabilize and strengthen the resilience of populations affected by disasters and conflicts worldwide. A portion of these funds is directed to Ethiopia, specifically to support the BDRRR project.

The Borana zone, home to approximately 1.7 million people, predominantly pastoralists, has been severely impacted by recurrent droughts, exacerbated by climate change. Over the past four years, five consecutive failed rainy seasons have led to the death of over 3.3 million livestock, severely disrupting livelihoods and forcing thousands to abandon their homes.

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