ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced on Sunday the successful conclusion of the 2021 edition of the Green Legacy Initiative, a tree-planting push aimed at curbing the effects of climate change and deforestation in Ethiopia.
Over 6.7 billion tree seedlings have been planted in the annual Green Legacy program which started on May 18, 2021, the Office of the Prime Minister reported.
The performance shows the country has exceeded the target set by planting 7 million more seedlings during the 111-day long campaign.
“Congratulations to all Ethiopians in all corners of the country for finalizing a successful Green Legacy season this year with 6.7 billion seedlings planted, surpassing our set target,” Prime Minister Abiy said.
Target on track
Abiy along with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and other senior government officials attended the event in Adama that saw the official closing of the 2021 Green Legacy season.
Lunched in 2019, the east African nation has a plan to plant 20 billion trees nation wide within four years.
Three years into the period, the country has managed to plant more than 18 billion tree seedlings.
Abiy said the Green Legacy is a demonstration of national capacity to launch and complete activities and tasks per set targets.
The milestones achieved in the planning and implementation of the annual initiative need to be duplicated in various sectors, facilitating Ethiopia’s inevitable prosperity, according to the Prime Minister.