Healthy and Productive Ecosystems

United Nations Ethiopia supports the Second Phase of Green Legacy Initiative

Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E. Abiy Ahmed launched the Green Legacy Initiative in 2019, which is Ethiopia’s green movement to plant various types of seedlings across the country to combat environmental degradation and climate change. Under the initiative, Ethiopia set a new world record on planting more than 350 million trees in a single day and up to 84 per cent of seedlings planted last year have survived. On the margins of World Environment Day in 2020, Prime Minister officially launched the second national tree planting initiative that aims to plant 5 billion trees during this rainy season with a target of 20 billion trees over four years.

UN Ethiopia in partnership with Ethiopia Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) in support of the initiative, organized a 5,000 indigenous tree planting event on 11th August 2020 at Kolfe Keranyo Sub-city, Addis Ababa. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event was restricted to a minimum number of participants and was conducted while following the COVID-19 prevention measures to minimize any unforeseen transmissions. Prof. Fekadu Beyene, the Commissioner of EFCCC, expressed gratitude to the United Nations in Ethiopia for their support to Ethiopia’s green development efforts. Dr. Catherine Sozi, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, said “The Green Legacy Initiative has hugely contributed to Ethiopia’s environmental restoration and conservation efforts” and reiterated the importance of trees and forests in mitigating the impact of climate change. Mr. Samba Harouna Thiam, Head of UNEP Liaison Office to AUC, UNECA and representative to Ethiopia, remarked "We as UNEP, we see the Green Legacy Initiative is contributing to many global environment frameworks including the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as well as the Bonn Challenge to Forest Landscape

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