Ethiopia plans to share one billion seedlings with neighbouring countries
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16 June 2021 – (EP) Ethiopia is working on an ambitious plan to plant 20 billion seedlings by 2024 to help build a green climate resistant economy that will include the neighbouring countries.
The initiative, started by Ethiopian prime minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and he is leading the admirable project, which aims to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change in his country and the Horn of Africa region.
The initiative has been getting support from nations including Norway, Sweden and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to help Ethiopia embrace a green agenda and help create sustainable local jobs.
Eritrea had 30% coverage of forests under the Italian colonization, and during the time of federation with Ethiopia, which is between the 50s and early 60s, there was about 11% forest coverage in the country. During the reign of the Derg, however, the country faced a huge loss of human and material resources, including forestry, due to consecutive wars.
The present time shows that only less than 1% forestry coverage is available.
The current status of trees in Eritrea, according to the statistics of the Forestry and Wildlife authority at the Ministry of Agriculture, described it as below average. Nevertheless, to reverse these declining numbers, the government has done tree planting projects every summer and already on the march for the last ten years.
A government official from Eritrea’s Ministry of Agriculture said, “it would be an exaggeration to say that our forestry is in good condition and at the same time it wouldn’t sound right to say they are in bad condition as it implicates that we are not doing our best.”
Last year, in what appeared to be a world record, Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in a day, according to officials.
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