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Ethiopia launches ambitious project to plant 4 billion trees to fight deforestation

Ethiopia launches ambitious project to plant 4 billion trees to fight deforestation
Source: Twitter/PMEthiopia

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launched a national tree planting project aimed at planting 4 billion trees in Africa’s second most populous nation.

Ethiopian Prime Minister launches green initiative by planting first of 4 billion trees

At the end of May, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launched a national tree planting project aimed at planting 4 billion trees in the Horn of Africa nation. In photos that were shared by the official Twitter account of the Office of the Prime Minister, Abiy could be seen planting a seedling to officially kick start the ambitious campaign.

In photos that were shared by the official Twitter account of the Office of the Prime Minister, Abiy could be seen planting a seedling to officially kickstart the initiative.
In May prime minister Abiy Ahmed literally rolled up his sleeves to get the campaign off to a start In photos that were shared by the official Twitter account of the Office of the Prime Minister, Abiy could be seen planting a seedling to officially kickstart the initiative. Source: Twitter/PMEthiopia
He wanted to discuss their roles and responsibilities in modernising the sector. He also tasked them to spearhead the National Green Development Program which he officially launched.
Abiy also held a meeting with national agri transformation leaders in Adama city in his home region of Oromia He wanted to discuss their roles and responsibilities in modernising the sector. He also tasked them to spearhead the National Green Development Program which he officially launched. Source: Twitter/PMEthiopia
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers are needed for the planting and bedding in of the four billion saplings, which will include fast-growing bamboo ­grasses in areas threatened by mudslides and erosion. The agriculture ministry estimates the overall cost of this project at £300 million (US $548 million).
Volunteers needed Hundreds of thousands of volunteers are needed for the planting and bedding in of the four billion saplings, which will include fast-growing bamboo ­grasses in areas threatened by mudslides and erosion. The agriculture ministry estimates the overall cost of this project at £300 million (US $548 million). Source: Twitter/PMEthiopia
The initiative is ambitious. However, it is typical of Mr. Ahmed, who has made other radial reforms since he came into power last year.
If the project is to succeed, as much work as possible must be done in the rainy season, which ends in August The initiative is ambitious. However, it is typical of Mr. Ahmed, who has made other radial reforms since he came into power last year. Source: Twitter/PMEthiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has championed positive initiatives since he took office in 2018

“Over the past years Ethiopia’s forest coverage has decreased in recent years and the initiative is set mobilise national reforestation at 40 trees per head,” the PM’s Twitter account shared.

Prime Minister Abiy also held a meeting with national agri transformation leaders in Adama city in his home region of Oromia to discuss their roles and responsibilities in modernising the sector. 

He also tasked them to spearhead the National Green Development Program which he officially launched.

In recent years Ethiopia has endured drought in certain areas of the country as a result of climate change. 

Over 2 million animals died in the country in 2017 as a result of drought emanating from lack of rainfall. This latest campaign adds to the list of positive initiatives Abiy has championed since he took office in 2018.

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However, the effects of the rapid expansion of its agriculture, construction and service sectors — as well as its ballooning population, now at 105 million — are taking their toll on the country’s natural environment. The pressure on land and forests is only set to increase with 70 million grazing animals and almost nine households in 10 still relying on wood for fuel.
Ethiopia is being celebrated as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies… However, the effects of the rapid expansion of its agriculture, construction and service sectors — as well as its ballooning population, now at 105 million — are taking their toll on the country’s natural environment. The pressure on land and forests is only set to increase with 70 million grazing animals and almost nine households in 10 still relying on wood for fuel. Source: IntelligentLiving.co

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