Commissioner Urges Experts to Lead Nat’l Tree Seedlings Planting Campaign by Example

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Addis Ababa July 18/2019 Forest experts have to lead the national tree seedlings planting campaign by example and applying their huge professional experiences on the ground, Forest and Climate Change Commissioner said.

Addressing the Ethiopian Forestry Society annual meeting today, Forest and Climate Commissioner Fekadu Beyene said the worldwide damages that have been witnessed on forestry have resulted in affecting the socio-economic aspects of Ethiopia as well.

Integrated works with all stakeholders is critical to resist such damages at national and international level, he said, adding that this is the time to apply such efforts in the sector since the Ethiopian government has given huge priority for the sector.

“As experts in the sector, we have to make the much needed contribution and lead the campaign by example, applying our huge professional experiences on the ground,” the commissioner pointed out.

Ethiopia’s Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy and the current campaign underway to plant 4 billion seedlings at national level could be taken as huge opportunity to realize the target to increase the national forest coverage to 20 percent, Fekadu stated.

According to the commissioner, creating awareness among the society and utilizing the experiences on the ground is, therfore, critical to realize the long-term ambition, apart from contributing to professional responsibilities.

The commission is committed to collaborate with Ethiopian Forestry Society and other stakeholders to support the ongoing campaign and increase the forest coverage of the country.

Ethiopian Forestry Society President, Tatek Dejene said the main aim of the meeting is to share experiences and apply those experiences to realize the ongoing campaign.

The president urged the public to collaborate with the experts, the government and all stakeholders to be part of the historic national campaign in the sector.  

Ethiopia is working to increase its forest coverage from the current 15.5 percent to 20 percent by 2020.