Eskinder Belachew

PhD fellow


Mr. Eskinder Zinabu Belachew on 26 March 2019. Find the link to his thesis here:

I conduct research for the Natural Resources Management of Wollo University on environmental pollution and water quality. I am involved in basic research that examines the fate and transport of pollutant substances at field, landscape and watershed scales. I also work on applied research that advances practices and strategies to mitigate pollution to water and air and improve agricultural production. Additionally, my research team is actively participate in community services and development projects.



  • Zinabu Eskinder, Kelderman Peter, Van der Kwast Johannes, Irvine Kenneth (2018) Evaluating the effect of diffuse and point source nutrient transfers on water quality in the Kombolcha River Basin, an industrializing Ethiopian catchment. Land Degradation and Development 29:3366-3378. doi:

  • Zinabu Eskinder, Kelderman P, van der Kwast J, Irvine K (2018) Impacts and Policy Implications of Metals Effluent Discharges into Rivers within Industrial Zone: A Sub-Saharan Perspective from Ethiopia. Environmental Management 61:700-715. doi:

  • Zinabu Eskinder, van der Kwast J, Kelderman P, Irvine K (2017). Estimating total nitrogen and phosphorus losses in a data-poor Ethiopian catchment. Journal of Environmental Quality 46:1519-1525. doi:

  • Zinabu, Eskinder (2011) Assessment of the impact of industrial effluents on the quality of irrigation water and changes in soil characteristics: The case of Kombolcha town. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage 60:644-653.  doi:

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Summary of Research

Most of Sub-Saharan countries are facing water pollution from multiple industrial expansions. Upstream unsustainable land use practices aggravate the pollutions and the rugged topography also accelerates runoff flows and erosions processes in the particularly the tropical countries. Because of these problems, downstream water bodies are now alarmingly vulnerable and the city of Kombolcha (in Ethiopia) is typical in confronting these problems. With many old and new factories arround and the expansion of urban agricultures downstream,  It is now imperative to examine pollution status and impacts on downstream environments. My Ph.D. study is focused on exploring the spatio-temporal effects of selected pollutants and their impacts on downstream water ecology and supplies. This will help to develop industrial emission controlling measures and mitigation of encountered problems. .

Funding sources: Netherland Fellowship Programme (NFP)

Employer: Wollo University, Ethiopia






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