ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia will give a billion tree seedlings to its neighboring nations as its green legacy initiative plans to cover other countries.
The government hopes to plant 20 billion trees over four years. Ten billion trees have already been were planted in two rounds in 2019 and 2020.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launched the third round of the Green Legacy which plans to plant 6 billion seedlings on 1.9 million hectares of land throughout the country.
The campaign plans to reach out to neighboring countries and involve people from all walks of lives including members of Addis Ababa-based diplomatic community.
Briefing the diplomats Friday, the PM office announced additional 1 billion seedlings will be sent to neighboring countries as part of the green legacy.
Its goal is to initiate a regional effort towards a green Africa, according to the office.
Djibouti and South Sudan have already expressed their interest to join the Initiative after Ethiopia announced the offer.
Apart from the diplomats, the PM office has given members of businesses, the arts community, athletes and national female and male soccer teams this week.
Twenty-five million Ethiopians are expected to take part in this year’s tree-planting campaign.