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Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative worthy of emulation: MoWE

Addis Ababa, August 15, 2023 (FBC) – Minister of Water and Energy, Habtamu Itefa, has called on other countries to emulate Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative as an essential example for sustainable water protection and conservation.

Ethiopia has successfully accomplished first round of the Green Legacy Initiative carried out over the past four years by planting 25 billion tree seedlings.

The nation has also planned to plant another 25 billion seedlings in the second phase which is launched this rainy season.

According to the Minister, Green Legacy Initiative that has been implemented over the last four years is very beneficial for sustainable water resource protection.

Apart from environmental benefits, the saplings planted have a big role to enhancing surface and underground water and increasing river flows as well as to conserving bio diversity of the country, he said.

Habtamu stated that other nations should adopt and implement similar programs as the initiative has proven greatly beneficial for climate resilience and water conservation.

The Minister said his ministry is collaborating with research institutes to make the water conservation efforts more effective through studies.

Habtamu pointed out that Ethiopia has long carried out community watershed and conservation activities, further enhanced by the Green Legacy Initiative.

The Minister reiterated his call for other countries to emulate the program as a model for sustainable development, according to ENA.


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