Through the united efforts of the Ethiopian people, we will bequeath strong and prosperous Ethiopia to future generation, Prime Minister Abiy said during a completion program of the second phase of the first year’s Green Legacy Initiative.
The closing program of this year’s second phase of the Green Legacy initiative was held in the Jogo basin area, Lomi Woreda of East Shoa Zone, Oromia region in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy, all chief administrators of regional states and agriculture bureau heads.
Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated that numerous forums on the impacts of climate change have been held at the global level.
As regards mitigating the impacts of climate change and taking concrete actions, progress has not been made, he said, adding, however, Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative has been exemplary in mitigating climate change impacts and taking concrete actions.
The premier also disclosed that 7.5 billion tree seedlings have so far been planted this year in the second phase of the Green Legacy Initiative.
Combined with the two phases of the Green Legacy initiative, Ethiopia is set to plant 50 billion saplings in four years, Abiy elaborated.
For instance, Abiy mentioned that the Jogo basin area was barren areas four years ago, but now the area is covered with green plants.
The prime minister further mentioned that the local communities have contributed a lot for this success and they are now engaged in beekeeping activities following the green development in the area.
He also explained that the massive green development activities that Ethiopia has embarked on are helping the nation to prevent soil erosion, increase rainfall and maintaining ecosystems. Moreover, Abiy said green development is becoming a big economic source in Ethiopia.
He further stressed the need for prioritizing fruit, coffee, tea and other market-oriented green development activities.
PM Abiy also expressed the appreciation of his government to the people of Ethiopia for their immense contributions and achievements in the Green Legacy initiatives during the past years.
Mentioning the successes that are being recorded in Green Legacy initiative, the construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), wheat farming and in Lemat Trufat, Abiy urged the public to replicate the successes in all sectors.
He also stated that effective activities are being carried out with the cooperation of the government and the people, ensuring the inevitability of Ethiopia's journey to prosperity journey.
The prime minister also underscored that there will be no earthly power that can stop Ethiopia's journey of the ongoing far-reaching reform to ensure its prosperity.
“We will bequeath a strong and prosperous Ethiopia to the next generation with the united efforts of its people.”
It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the second phase of the Green Legacy Initiative in June 2023 in the Afar region under the theme: “Let’s plant the future today.”
Combined with the 25 billion seedlings planted in the last four years, Ethiopia will become the first country to create forests by planting 50 billion saplings by the end of the second phase of the green initiative, it was indicated.
According to the plan, 60 percent of the saplings will be used for agroforestry, 35 percent for forest cover and 5 percent for urban ornaments.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency