ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia advocates for its Green Legacy Initiative as a high-level regional summit on climate change underways in Djibouti.
The three-day summit is being held under the theme ‘Climate Change and Research: The Path to Sustainable Adaptation and Resilience.
Djibouti President Ismail Guelleh, Somalia’s President Hassan Mohamud, senior officials from East African nations, and international agencies are among the participants of the summit.
The participants are discussing ways to devise feasible solutions to the existing climate crisis by finding a path to sustainable adaptation and resilience.
In his opening remarks, President Guelleh commended the strategic partnership between Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Djibouti “has built an interconnecting line to harness clean hydroelectric power in partnership with Ethiopia,” Guelleh said.
The Summit recognized the exemplary climate change prevention measures Ethiopia has been undertaking.
Ethiopia’s Peace Minister, Benalf Andualem shared his country’s experience in mitigating climate change through prevention strategies, particularly the Green Legacy Initiative (GLI).
Ethiopia launched the GLI in June 2019 in a bid to curb the effects of climate change and deforestation in Ethiopia.
According to the government report, 25 billion tree seedlings have been planted in the past four years, surpassing the initial 20 billion target.
Peace minister Benalf praised the government of Djibouti for joining hands with Ethiopia to expand the tree-planting campaign to its neighboring countries.
Three rounds of tree-planting ceremonies took place in Djibouti, with the Ethiopian government presenting a quarter of a million seedlings.