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Unesco urges to continue afforestation process in Ethiopia

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Unesco urges to continue afforestation process in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) urged the Ethiopian government to prolong the Green Legacy initiative and increase the scope of national reforestation.

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.

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