By Yisak Dinku
Ethiopia is facing multiple challenges to achieve sustainable development. Actions on the ground needs to be stepped up to reverse these rapidly escalating challenges. A new urban-rural landscape greening initiative directed towards transforming Ethiopia’s degraded environments to relish their full value of beneficial functions is recently launched by HE. the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
His Excellency Professor Fikadu Beyene Commissioner of Environment Forest and Climate Change Commission said at the opening of the technical committee meeting that inter-ministerial steering committee has been formed as per the direction given by His Excellency Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Also, the Environment Forest and Climate Change Commission has been mandated to serve as secretariat to this inter-ministerial steering committee which is led by the premier.
According to him, this move by the government is a big step in the national programme that is aimed at greening the nation.
The commissioner also reiterated that it is high time for every actor to make relentless effort for the success of the intended goal and he urged the technical committee to speed up preparations and get on to carrying out the aspired activities.
Dr. Tefera Mengistu, chairperson of the technical committee later in his presentation highlighted the current challenges that are negatively affecting the country’s sustainable development goals such as deforestation and forest degradation, population growth and unplanned settlement, climate change and its consequences.
He also presented a multi-functional landscape greening solution to this pressing problem. The current national greening initiative includes both rural landscape greening, urban renewal and greening.
This gets strengthened by conducting strong monitoring and evaluation using geo-database and mobile applications.
The initiative will employ communication mechanisms to publicise real progresses made at every chapter. Dr. Tefera also added that this will be part of the comprehensive ten years national forest sector development program set and launched by the government of Ethiopia.