Ethiopia to Plant 5 Billion Trees: Quartz Africa

Ethiopia has an ambitious plan to plant 20 billion trees by 2024, including 5 billion this year, part of the Green Legacy Challenge to confront climate change. The program costs more than 4 billion Birr, or $117 million, reports Samuel Getachew for Quartz Africa, adding, “The initiative has been getting support from nations including Norway, Sweden and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a way to help Ethiopia embrace a green agenda and help create sustainable local jobs.” Getachew points Ethiopia’s budget deficit and decline in foreign direct investment, yet climate change and associated disasters impose huge costs, too. “Perhaps more than other countries, severe droughts, food shortages, and flash floods responsible for mass displacements of people has made the effects of climate change especially felt in the East African country.” Environments urge research on appropriate trees so as not to disrupt habitats. Unsustainable deforestation is a challenge with 90 percent of Ethiopians obtaining energy from biomass. – YaleGlobal

Ethiopia to Plant 5 Billion Trees: Quartz Africa

Ethiopia’s engaged in ambitious plan to plant more than 20 billion trees by 2024 to counter climate change; scientists urge careful choices for habitats
Samuel Getachew
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Read the article from Quartz Africa about Ethiopia's tree-planting article.

 Samuel Getachew is an Addis Ababa, Ethiopia based journalist with The Reporter newspaper. He has written for CNN, the Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail in Canada.

Read about the Green Legacy Challenge in Ethiopia.

Two maps of Africa: Projected Biome Change 1961-1990 to 2071-2100; Vulnerability of Ecosystems:  Historical Climate, 1901-2002, vs Projected Vegetation, 2071-2100
Climate change threat: Warming temperatures and reduced precipitation already change habitats throughout Africa (Source: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part B: Regional Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Africa)

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