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Green Legacy Tree Planting Campaign Concludes

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Green Legacy tree planting campaign was a success and an inspiration for many as the four-year-long initiative officially concluded on Saturday.

The initiative was launched in June 2019 aiming to curb the effects of climate change and deforestation in Ethiopia.

The tree planting campaign, which took place in four rounds during the main rainy KIREMT seasons had a target to plant a total of 20 billion seedlings through public mobilization. 

The nation has been able to plant 25 billion tree seedlings over the past four years surpassing the 20 billion target, Prime Minister Abiy said on Sunday,

“The 4 years since we launched Green Legacy has demonstrated to us that we are a people that can ideate, plan and accomplish,” Abiy said. “We planned 20bln and achieved 25bln.”

“Ours has been an inspiration for many throughout the world. We will continue building on our green culture,” the PM added.

The last round of the tree planting push was launched on July 21, 2022, and officially ended in Ethiopia’s Eastern city of Dire Dawa. A day before, the PM has also left a Green Legacy Footprint in the city of Harar.

In a message written on Twitter, the PM said concluding does not mean the initiative has finished, “but rather that the work of making Ethiopia greener will continue incorporating more facets.”

As per the government, additional results” of the GLI over the past four years include:

  • Mushrooming of nurseries throughout the country from around 40,000 when the initiative was launched to 121,000 by 2022
  • Raising different species of seedlings in these nurseries with increasing emphasis on indigenous as well as high-value types, like bamboo
  • Aimed at making the GLI improve access to food and nutrition – this year alone, more than 270 million seedlings of important fruit species (mainly avocado, mango, and papaya) have been raised in different nurseries
  • Average survival rate of 84% for planted seedlings
  • In 4 years, a total of the 767K jobs that were created so far were for youth and women; many youths have established their own businesses in tree seedling production, site management, and other activities;
  • Last but not least, increased public awareness on climate change, natural resources degradation, loss of biodiversity, and its consequences have contributed to a burgeoning green culture

[The story was updated on August 18 to add the result part]

Featured image caption: Prime Minister Abiy and first lady Zinash Tayachew planted trees in Harar as part of the green legacy program. [Photo PMO]