Understanding The Urban Environmental Challenges Of Addis Ababa

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OVERVIEW In the last decade, Addis Ababa has undergone An important role in Ethiopia’s progress and development This Brief looks at the state of the urban environmental challenges in Addis Ababa, specifically drawing your attention on the importance of waste management and why it has been failing in the city. ... While the efforts on Transport are admirable, especially acknowledging your previous experience as the Minister of Transport, I would like to draw your attention on waste management. I. Understanding the urban environmental challenges in Addis Ababa A. Characteristics and development of the city Addis Ababa, one of the oldest and largest cities in Africa, was founded as the capital of Ethiopia in 1886 when Menelik II became the Emperor of Ethiopia (Bjerkil, 2013; UN-HABITAT, 2008). Following its foundation, the city has seen an important era of modernisation and increase in population size. In fact, according to Pankurst (1961), Emperor Menelik attempted to forge something new in Ethiopia’s history by joining modern institutions and traditional way of life. Although the city lacked many characteristics of a 20th century capital such as municipalities, it put in place the foundations for the development of a modern state that started to impact the traditional structure of the country. At that time, Addis Ababa had the great potential in offering a beautiful and healthy environment for its habitants, with its topography, agricultural land and simple ways
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