It is obvious that without having enough and reliable information and data about the earth’s natural and cultural land escapes; it is difficult to prepare meaning full developmental plan. Therefore, the main objectives of this document are to present compiled information concerning physical and socio-economic condition of the zone and its development constraints.
The main sources of data used for the preparation of the document are zonal Health, Education, Natural Water Resource Development, Finance and Economic Development departments, as well as the documents available in our office.
The document covers almost the data and activities of the period 2006/07-2008/09, and all the years are according to the Gregorian calendar. However, due to lack of reliable and consistent data, the document is not complete and comprehensive enough. Even though it has these limitations, it could be a valuable source of reference to fulfill the data gap found in the Woreda.
2. Physical Setting
West Arsi Zone is located approximately at a distance of 251km from Finfine. It is located in the Rift Valley Region. The zone extends from 6012'29" to 7042'55" latitude and 38004'04" to 39046'08" longitude. It shares bounder line with East Shewa zone to the north, SNNPRS to the west, Arsi to the northeast, Guji to the south and Bale zone to the east. Most parts of the zone have elevations of ranging from 1500 to over 2300m. Shashemene town is the administrative center of the zone.