Authored by Brad Czerniak

The Metu district is located in the southwestern part of Ethiopia, where the UNESCO registered biosphere is one of the few remnants of natural forest and home of forest coffee Arabica. Over time, the population increased tremendously and over-used the banks the rivers for agriculture severe deforestation and over grazing has completely changed the environment of the district and the Wuchi wetland lost its water and remained bare. This abstract examines the intervention work of Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach, supported by PHEEC through local NGO, EWNRA, in rehabilitating the wetland and changing the life of the community through PHE integrated wetland watershed management. Through multisectoral integrated PHE intervention we have witnessed the dried and bare wetland rehabilitated in its natural form and improved the livelihood of the local community. This calls for scaling up of PHE integrated programs and projects.