ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the conclusion of the annual tree planting campaign that came to an end on Wednesday with a planting of 5 billion seedlings throughout the country.
The Prime Minister and other government officials have planted trees at Mount Bezawit, in Bahir Dar City of Amhara region, where Abiy said 5 billion trees have been planted since the onset of the current rainy season.
“We started this year’s Green Legacy in Hawassa (city) and we close it in Bahir Dar (City),” he said. “In between two ceremonies in two lake towns, Ethiopians have once again shown we can rise to the occasion of planting our generational legacy”.
The Green Legacy Initiative is a four-year plan that started with a planting of 4 billion trees last year.
This year’s campaign, which was launched in Hawassa City’s Tabor mountain, concluded a month ahead of the time table after the target to plant 5bln trees achieved as per the plan in country’s Green Legacy Initiative.
The Initiative, which aims to plant 5 billion seedlings annually until 2022, targets to plant 6 billion trees for the next rainy season.
The finalization of Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative and the commencement of full operation of the Grand Renaissance Dam will fall in the same historical time after four years, the Prime Minister underscored.