Ethiopia plants 4.1 billion trees as part of 2020 Green Legacy Initiative

5 Aug 2020

Under the initiative, five billion seedlings will be planted across Ethiopia during the rainy season to help curb the effects of climate change and deforestation

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According to the Green Legacy Initiative steering committee, Ethiopia has so far planted more than 4.1 billion trees out of the intended 5 billion, attaining 83% of the set target for this year.

Officially launched by Prime Minister Abiy on 5th June, coinciding with World Environment Day, the tree-planting campaign is a demonstration of Ethiopia’s efforts to sustain biodiversity and commitment to green, climate-resilient growth.

The Prime Minister applauded the progress and called on all stakeholders to play their part in ensuring Ethiopia meets the 2020 set target. He urged the community to nurture the initiative to national culture level.

During this year’s rainy season, which runs until October, five billion tree seedlings will be planted to help curb the effects of climate change and deforestation, with an ambitious target of planting 20 billion trees over the next four years.

Despite the global pandemic, Ethiopia is committed to meeting its target. National efforts will mobilise planting at household and community level, adhering to social distancing and other COVID-19 preventive measures.

Addis Ababa residents planting seedlings on 2nd August

 

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