It is an excellent idea to plant trees in the country, it should be appreciated and continued, Unesco International Water Cooperation Chair Ashok Swain said.
What they are doing in terms of green recovery and tree planting is very important, he stressed, noting that “vegetation cover contributes to tackling climate change, protecting the environment and boosting Ethiopian and downstream development.”
Ethiopia has suffered massive deforestation and recently there has been population growth, lack of economic development and conflict, which is not good for the country, nor is it good for the global environment, Swain said.
However, he noted, also during the last decades Ethiopia’s forest cover has increased and therefore efforts in this regard should be assessed positively.
From 2019 to this 2022, due to the Green Legacy initiative promoted by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, more than 25 billion plants were planted in Ethiopia, according to official reports.