MELCA-Ethiopia has conducted its annual general meeting on the 10th of March 2012 at Harambe Hotel in Addis Ababa.Dr Melaku Werede, chairman of MELCA’s Board of Directors, made a welcome speech on the meeting. After extending his welcome address to all members and invited guests, Dr. Melaku stated that the erosion of biodiversity all over the world has been high on the global agenda for the past several decades. He said, “ in this regard Ethiopia is no different and so the issue is worrying especially for those of us who have been working on the issue through out our lives. Currently, as far as I know, there are only a few non-governmental organizations working on the conservation of biodiversity. MELCA is one of those few organizations endeavoring for conservation of not only the biodiversity but also related cultural values of local communities. We are seeing signs that the works of these organizations are becoming fruitful. So all of us should support them in any way we can.”
Dr. Melaku also added that he hopes MELCA’s performance report of the year 2011 will go some steps above the previous years and the plan for the year 2012 will go even further. Then he called up members to discuss on the reports and future plan in detail and forward constructive comments.
On the meeting, MELCA’s Director Ato Million Belay presented the overall performance report and the achievements gained in the year 2011. Ato Million’s report explained performances in all the six program areas that MELCA applies at its three project areas, namely Bale, Suba-Sebeta and Sheka and the corresponding achievements gained in each of the program areas. His report focused on the results obtained rather than the activities done. In addition beneficiaries and partners representing the local government organs, from Suba-Sebeta project area, witnessed the achievements gained in each of the program areas.
Ato million also presented action plan for implementation in the year 2012. He stated that the budget allocated for implementation of actions in 2012 exceeds that allocated for last year by 30%.
An independent external auditing firm has also presented financial report of the year 2011. A representative of the auditing firm reported that the auditing has been done in accordance with internationally accepted auditing principles and no flaw has been found in the financial utilization of MELCA.
The assembly has approved the activity and financial report of 2011 and the 2012 action plan unanimously.
Finally, the assembly has discussed on membership issues and passed decisions. Accordingly, five new applicants for membership has been accepted by the assembly, while nineteen members, who could not properly discharge their membership obligations for at least the past three years, for various reasons, have been removed from membership.