Environment
Pakistan Agrees to Launch PM Abiy's Green Legacy Initiative in Major Cities
Apr 9, 2024 2217
Addis Ababa, April 09/2024 (ENA) Pakistan has agreed to launch Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative in the major cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, Sialkot and others. This was agreed upon in a meeting between Jemal Beker, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Pakistan, and Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environmental Coordination Romina Khurshid Alam. Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious campaign of planting billions of trees every year in an effort to achieve a greener and cleaner environment and tackle the adverse effects of the climate crisis. As part of the ambitious Green Legacy Initiative to plant 50 billion trees in two phases, so far the country has planted more than 32.5 billion trees through the initiative launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2019. Ethiopian Ambassador to Pakistan Jemal lauded the role played by the coordinator of Pakistan’s prime minister on climate change and environmental coordination in initiating a joint collaboration between Ethiopia and Pakistan last year for addressing climate related issues. He recalled the launch of Green Legacy Initiative in Islamabad last year in the presence of senior ministers, government officials, diplomatic corps, business community, media and civil society. The Ambassador stressed the need for enhanced collaboration between the two countries to address climate issues through skills, technology, information and knowledge sharing. He said the government of Ethiopia stood ready to work together with the Pakistani government in addressing climate-related issues such as floods, food insecurity and others. Ethiopia would extend all-out support to Pakistan on climate mitigation through technological transfer and experience sharing, the ambassador remarked. He also congratulated Romina Khurshid Alam on assuming the charge of the Coordinator to the premier on Climate Change. On her part, Romina Khurshid Alam expressed keen interest in the launch of the Green Legacy initiative in different cities of her country. She said climate change was a global phenomenon and joint efforts against climate changes were the need of hour. The government of Pakistan is looking forward to working with Ethiopia to deal with climate change, she added.
EMI Predicts Higher Probability of Rainfall in Ethiopia
Apr 5, 2024 2649
Addis Ababa, April 5/2024 (ENA) The Ethiopian Meteorology Institute (EMI) has predicted that there will be a higher probability of rainfall in the upcoming April to May 2024, across most parts of the country. Briefing the media today, EMI Director General Fetene Teshome emphasized that the upcoming two months might witness substantial rainfall. Stressing the need for paying due diligence, Fetene highlighted the anticipated heavy rainfall and the potential risk of flooding across various regions of the country. The Belg which is considered Ethiopia's short rainy season, is expected to experience better rainfall across various regions of the country during April and May, he elaborated. According to him, these anticipated rainfalls are expected to benefit much of the seasonal rain-dependent regions of Ethiopia. Fetene also believed that the expected enhanced rainfall is likely to positively impact on Ethiopia’s agriculture, water resources, and overall livelihoods. However, the director general warned the weather condition would lead to normal to above-normal rainfall, adding that the EMI cautions about the higher risk of flash floods in vulnerable areas. These areas, including city administrations and regions of Ethiopia with unprecedented past flooding experience are urged to take necessary preparation. The Ethiopian Meteorology Institute emphasizes the importance of staying informed about weather forecasts and taking necessary steps to prepare for the anticipated conditions. Fetene further explained that by staying vigilant and implementing appropriate measures, individuals, communities, and authorities can minimize the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and flash floods. On his part, Early Warning Division Deputy Director General Asaminew Teshome shed light on the contributing factors, stating that a combination of the Neutral-IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) and ENSO-El Nino episode is expected. These two significant climate phenomena could lead to heavy rainfall and the possibility of flash floods. He also mentioned some of the areas that would benefit from these Belg season rainfalls. As a result, south, south east and north east parts of the country dominated under moderately wet to extremely wet weather, he said, thus, the rainfall performance has been suitable for agriculture and water sectors. The EMI will continue to monitor the weather patterns closely and provide regular updates to keep the public informed, Asaminew reaffirmed.      
Deputy PM Temesgen Stresses Need for Public Involvement to Minimize Climate Change Impacts
Mar 29, 2024 3544
Addis Ababa, March 29/2024 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh underlined that Ethiopia's environmental protection endeavors should involve the community in order to minimize the climate change impacts. A national public mobilization campaign that aims at combating environmental pollution and its complications was launched today. In his remarks at the launching ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh said climate change and environmental pollution have become pressing issues at the global level. Ethiopia has embarked on enormous environmental protection activities to minimize climate change negative effects and environmental pollution, he added. According to him, the country is carrying out commendable jobs to have beautiful and clean cities and develop river sides besides the Green Legacy Initiative. The deputy prime minister also mentioned other successful initiatives like the Bounty of the Basket (Ye Lemat Tirufat) and agricultural endeavors to increase production and productivity. Noting that environmental protection from pollution and waste of natural resources is a matter of existence, Temesgen pointed out that the movement will make a great contribution to pass on a clean and prosperous country to the next generation. Therefore, he stressed that all relevant parties should actively participate in the campaign. Cities are expected to build a beautiful and convenient lifestyle by properly disposing of the waste materials. The deputy premier also underscored the need to focus on reducing air, water, soil and noise pollution by involving the community. Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority (EEPA) Director General Lelise Neme stated on her part that the six-month campaign will focus on protecting air, soil, water and noise pollution. The launching ceremony was attended by regional chief administrators, heads of regional environmental protection bureaus, and representatives of international organizations.
Activist Stresses Need for Sustainable, Scientific Environmental Protection to Ensure Food Security
Mar 20, 2024 2445
Addis Ababa March 20/2024 (ENA) Sustainable and scientific environmental and natural resource protection works should be consolidated in order to ensure food security in Ethiopia, the environmental activist and expert Mengistu Wube noted. The environmental activist Mengistu Wube is a researcher and lecturer who has been publishing books and studies on food security. In an exclusive interview with ENA, he pointed out that Ethiopia has resources that could feed the region by exploiting its multi-ecological and bio-diversity potentials. In this respect, Mengistu said the Green Legacy Initiative (GLI) that Ethiopia has been implementing over the past years is of immense significance. For him, the initiative is a pragmatic response and has become imperative in ensuring soil security and water conservation. According to him, environmental conservation should be widely taught in schools beginning kindergarten and the role of institutions that are bases for indigenous knowledge must be consolidated. The activist noted that land protection and use policy are crucial for sustainable natural resource conservation, adding that soil and water conservation activities play a major role in ensuring food security. Man's cruelty to natural resources has created many crises on himself, the activist stressed. In addition to the effort to reverse the looming danger of climate change on food security, Mengistu underlined that pursuing a strategy that can withstand the unprecedented impacts of the change is critical. In this regard, the special attention given to wheat production and bounty of the basket (Ye Lemat Tirufat) programs by the government have lots of hope, the activist said. The Green Legacy Initiative (GLI) has so far planted over 25 billion tree seedlings.                
Ethiopia Reiterates Commitment to Address Crises of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss
Mar 1, 2024 4299
Addis Ababa March 1/2024 (ENA) Minister of Planning and Development, Fitsum Assefa addressed the 6th session of the UN environment Assembly (UNEA6) which is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from 26 Feb to 1 march 2024. In sideline of UNEA6, the Minister also engaged in a number of bilateral and Africa regional environmental events, according to Ministry of Planning and Development of Ethiopia. In her statement during the UNEA6 high level segment held today the minister informed the participants about the unwavering commitment of Ethiopia in addressing the triple planetary crises of our planet namely climate change and biodiversity loss. Fitsum shared Ethiopia’s successful achievements in addressing the aforementioned challenges through its Green Legacy initiative where it manages to plant 32.5 billion tree and other agroforestry seedlings in the last five years through mobilizing 25 million of its citizens annually since the launching of the initiative in 2019. The Minister also said that Ethiopia’s extended commitment for the unified voices of Africa in international environmental negotiations through her capacity of President of Africa Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) which will run for the 2024 and 2025.   Fitsum expressed her commitment to closely following up the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN) and to give necessary guidance to the group for a unified voice as a continent. In her afternoon engagement during the UNEA6 today Fitsum successfully convened the AMCEN bureau meeting as of her capacity of being AMCEN President. Outstanding issues were discussed and put forward on the next steps including deciding to convene AMCEN special session on land degradation, desertification and drought in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 2-5 September 2024. The session also envisaged the preparations of Africa on UNCCD COP16 which is to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and other international engagements such as UNFCCC COP29. The Minister held bilateral meetings with representatives of Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Executive Secretary of UN Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and discussed outstanding bilateral agendas on her national capacity and being AMCEN President. In the respective bilateral meetings, the two parties agreed to closely work towards the common environmental agenda and enhancing the environmental protection agenda including through signing an MOU across different thematic areas.  
Ethiopia, Norway Sign 75-million-USD Agreement
Feb 27, 2024 5010
Addis Ababa February 27/2024(ENA) Ethiopia and Norway have signed a 75-million-USD agreement to reduce green gas emission from deforestation and forest degradation. The agreement was signed between Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and Norway Climate and Environment Minister Andreas Bjelland Eriksen today. Speaking on the occasion, the finance minister said the agreement will enable Ethiopia to continue strengthening the work it is doing in forestry development and environmental protection. Fighting climate change and poverty reduction as well as building climate resilient economy disaster economy remain among the top priorities of the Ethiopia government, he added. According to him, the nationwide tree planting campaign under the Green Legacy Initiative by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is another manifestation of his commitment to addressing climate change. Ethiopia has invested over 82 billion USD in climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and the majority of the finance office projects and programs come from public finance supplemented with international development aid, Ahmed Shide stated. “The partnership agreement we signed today is yet another testimony of our successful collaboration and achievement during the past decade marks a new era of collaboration and partnership, including through resulted-based payment approach in the run to 2030." Ethiopia and Norway have enjoyed longstanding bilateral diplomatic relations, the minister explained, adding that their common interests include peace and security, migrate climate change, private sector development, gender equality among others. Norway Climate and Environment Minister Andreas Bjelland Eriksen said the Green Legacy initiated by the government is ambitious plan to reduce adverse effect of climate change. The country has been a long standing partner of Ethiopia on climate and forest, he stated. "We were one of the first countries to fully commit our long term support for Ethiopia’s climate resilient green economy strategy when launched in Durban in 2011." And throughout this decade, Ethiopia has truly been a leader on the African continent when it comes to designing and implementing green economic development policies. Ethiopia is in many ways at the very front line of climate change, Climate and Environment Minister Eriksen noted. "I am encouraged to learn that Ethiopia has increased its forest cover due to strong government policy measures that yield the necessary results; and the ambitious target of doubling the forest cover by 2030 is very much impressive. And Norway is proud to have supported this achievement." The climate and environment minister added that Norway intends to support Ethiopia during this next phase of partnership, one which includes the continuation of the REDD+ investment program last year.
Ethiopia Plays Leading Role in Africa in Terms of Climate Action: GGGI
Feb 27, 2024 4224
Addis Ababa February 27/2024(ENA) Ethiopia's tree planting initiative and the government's resolve to combat climate change is what the world exactly needs to avert current global challenges, a senior official at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) underscored. Recalled that Ethiopians have embarked on an ambitious campaign of planting billions of trees every year in an effort to achieve a greener and cleaner environment and tackle the adverse effects of climate crisis. So far the country has planted more than 32.5 billion trees through the Green Legacy Initiative launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2019. Deputy Director General and Head of Green Growth Planning and Implementation at GGGI Helena McLeod commended the efforts of the government to reduce impact of climate change and expressed keenness to work with Ethiopia. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Helena McLeod said that Ethiopia plays a leading role in Africa in terms of climate action and that is a role the country has been meeting for many years, and we're very happy to support the government on that. McLeod, who visited Ethiopia recently, also said that Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries she had visited in the world. Noting that the country has been suffering from climate change, she said the tree planting program is very significant in tackling these challenges as it creates jobs and increase the fertility of the soil. Moreover, she stated that the efforts being carried out in Ethiopia will also protect cities in the proper way from flooding. "Planting trees has many different advantages, including potentially biodiversity as well. So the tree planting program and the government's ambition is exactly what the world needs and it is leading in that sense," she said. According to the deputy director, Ethiopia, as a country before and now is not emitting very much carbon. There are other countries in the world that are emitting much larger amounts of carbon and have made commitments to reduce the amount of carbon emissions. "What we trying to do in GGGI is attract climate finance to our member countries," McLeod said, adding that often our member countries don't have enough money to tackle the major challenges that are facing the economy, but also they don't have enough capacity to take advantage of the opportunities. On green bonds for instance in 2021, the organization supported Peru to issue the largest sustainable green bonds in the world at that point in history. That was for over 4 billion US dollars. Since then GGGI is working with over 20 different countries on different types of bond, sustainability bonds and green bonds. “We're going to use that experience and bring it to Ethiopia to see whether that's a mechanism where we can bring in more investment to tackle climate change, and other issues like jobs, green jobs, that can also benefit the economy.” In terms of carbon trading, this is a really high potential area to bring in some additional funding into the country and GGGI works with Ethiopia to make sure that the trade is fair for the country and its interests. “I just want to say that Ethiopia is such an important country, it's a continent leader. It has a very strong global voice. Your government is very committed with very ambitious targets, including on restoration of land, increasing yield, increasing food security and exporting crops as well. We love working with the government and we will work hand in hand with the government and the people of Ethiopia on this green growth transition.” GGGI, an international organization focused on promoting sustainable economic growth in developing countries, has been working closely with Ethiopia since it became a founding member in 2012.
IGAD Climate Centre Predicts Higher Probability of Wetter Than Normal Conditions in Horn Region
Feb 21, 2024 4286
Addis Ababa February 21/2024 The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has predicted that there will be a higher probability of wetter-than-normal conditions in the upcoming March to May 2024, across most parts of the Greater Horn of Africa. In its press release sent to ENA, ICPAC said that notably, the areas expected to experience these wetter conditions include Kenya, Somalia, southern Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and north-western Tanzania. The highest probabilities for wetter than usual conditions are indicated in central to western Kenya and in the cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. The expected enhanced rainfall is likely to positively impact agriculture, water resources, and overall livelihoods, according to the center. The press release also added that an early to normal rainfall onset is expected in several parts of the region. These include parts of northern Tanzania, eastern Rwanda, Southern and Western Uganda, Western Kenya, South-western Somalia, and parts of South-central Ethiopia. " Due to the increased rainfall recorded in the October to December 2023 period, along with the forecast of wetter-than-normal conditions from March to May, there is an elevated risk of flooding in areas prone to floods,” the ICPAC director Dr. Guleid Artan noted. The director added the forecast underscores the urgency for coordinated action and preparedness, emphasizing the need for proactive measures to mitigate potential impacts and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the forecast rainfall.   He also stressed the need for uniting in our commitment to leveraging climate information for resilient and sustainable development across our region. Artan further added that, “while the food security situation may improve with wetter than usual conditions, it is important to remember the multiple challenges faced by the region, including the historic 2020-2022 drought, conflict in various parts of the region such as Sudan, and the El Nino-induced floods at the end of 2023. This has weakened communities’ coping capacity, making them highly susceptible to food insecurity. The likelihood of flooding during the 2024 MAM season in parts of the region could lead to a deterioration in food security in localized areas.” The objective temperature forecast indicates an increased likelihood of warmer than normal surface temperatures over the entire region. Probabilities for warmer than normal temperatures are most enhanced over Sudan, northern South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and southern parts of Tanzania. In line with the World Meteorological Organization's guidelines and recommendations, ICPAC has adopted an objective seasonal forecast method to generate climate forecasts for the Greater Horn of Africa. February 2024 initialized seasonal forecasts from nine Global Producing Centres (GPCs) were utilized and processed using three calibration techniques to develop the MAM 2024 seasonal climate outlook.  
Ethiopia Good Example in Africa on Tree Planting, Says UNEP Executive Director 
Feb 20, 2024 3053
Addis Ababa February 20 /2024 (ENA) Ethiopia is a good example in Africa where big push forward has been seen on tree planting, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen said. The UNEP Executive Director, who participated at the 37th Ordinary Summit of AU, told ENA that Ethiopia has been planting billions of trees that will fix the soil and create greater nutrients in it as a crucial and pragmatic response to mitigate the climate catastrophe in the country and beyond. The Green Legacy Initiative (GLI) being implemented in Ethiopia was launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in June 2019, and has so far planted over 32.5 billion tree seedlings. So, Andersen stated that if “we take, for example Ethiopia where a big push forward has been on tree planting. This is very interesting. It'll fix the soil and create greater nutrients in the soil. It'll also prevent landslides and get greater water absorption.” According to Andersen, these kinds of environmental programs and projects are good not only for the local but also for the global economy. And “we're very pleased to see those kinds of initiatives here in Ethiopia.” She further stated that major crises have been occurring as a result of climate change, particularly hard hitting on Africa. “Due to climate change, we are witnessing major losses on our agricultural lands and we are seeing desertification. Now these crises are particularly hard hitting on Africa. Africa did very little to cause climate change. But Africa is suffering big time,” the executive director noted. Andersen further revealed that the United Nations is supporting Ethiopia as well as the entire continent with investments with smart policy shifts. The UN is firm about the imperative of climate justice and the imperative of climate finance, the executive director underscored. She also mentioned the recent loss and damage Fund with 800 million USD, which she believes is not enough. The executive director stressed that “we need to see billions.”  
Portuguese FM Says Countries Should Replicate Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative
Feb 16, 2024 2951
Addis Ababa, February 16/2024 (ENA) The Green Legacy Initiative of Ethiopia and its achievements should be replicated by other countries, Portuguese Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho said.   In an exclusive interview with ENA, the foreign minister said “the initiative undertaken by Ethiopia can be very interesting for us to be able to replicate the model so that the experience that is gained by Ethiopia can be used as lessons learned for other countries.” Recall that Ethiopia, through Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s initiative has planted over 32.5 billion tree seedlings since 2019.   Stating that he had a fruitful discussion with Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie, Cravinho emphasized the need to further energize the strong cooperation between Ethiopia and Portugal, that is beyond 500 years. With Foreign Minister Taye “we have identified a number of steps that we can take, including a business model to create stronger economic links between Portugal and Ethiopia. So we have a roadmap for 2024 that can bring us closer,” he stated. According to him, renewable energy and public administration in digital transition are among the potential areas where the two countries can cooperate. “We have already been strengthening our embassy here in Addis Ababa. We would like to have Ethiopian embassy in Lisbon. Not only in the fields of economy, but also in cultural exchange language, tourism. We have a lot of growth ahead.”  
Denmark Pledges to Support Ethiopia's Green Legacy Initiative
Jan 26, 2024 4843
Addis Ababa, January 26/2024(ENA)- Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen conferred with Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy Dan Jorgensen at his office. During the discussion, Demeke expressed Ethiopia's desire to further strengthen the existing longstanding relationship between the two countries. He further explained Ethiopian practical efforts to mitigate climate change, indicating that through the National Green Legacy Initiative, billions of seedlings have been planted in Ethiopia in the last four years. The Deputy Prime Minister said that this activity shows Ethiopia's unwavering commitment to a carbon-free planet, which the world is aspiring for. Demeke also stressed Ethiopia's commitment to peace, mentioning the government's efforts to ensure accountability and consolidate peace in the country. The federal government is finalizing the formulation of a comprehensive transitional justice policy to ensure accountability, healing, and reconciliation, he added. Demeke also called on the stakeholders to provide concrete support to Ethiopia for its remarkable Green Initiative program. Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy Dan Jorgensen, on his part, stated that his country is highly interested in cooperating with Ethiopia in mitigating climate change. He also expressed his country's readiness to support Ethiopia's Green Legacy Initiative.  
About 85 Percent of Last Year's 7.5 Billion Seedlings Survived
Dec 26, 2023 7638
Addis Ababa, December 26/2023(ENA)- Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture has announced that about 85 percent of the 7.5 billion seedlings planted during the rainy season of the past Ethiopian Fiscal Year have survived and are thriving. As part of its ambitious plan to plant 50 billion trees in two phases of the Green Legacy Initiative, Ethiopia planted 32.5 billion saplings thus far in the first phase and the first year of the second phase. Minister of Agriculture, Girma Amente said about 85 percent of the total 7.5 billion seedlings planted during last year's rainy season have survived. Out of these 7.5 billion seedlings planted, 57 percent were mixed forest and fruit bearing saplings, while the remaining 43 percent were planted for environmental protection and watershed development, he noted. Emphasizing the rigorous monitoring system in place, with biannual surveys conducted to ensure the well being of the seedlings, the minister explained that the exploration work will be done after the end of summer and winter months. Accordingly, as per the first inspection conducted after the rainy season, 85 percent of the seedlings planted were approved to be survived. "The survival rate assessments have to be conducted twice; first immediately after the rainy season (summer) and second after the end of the winter. In the first round of the biannual survey after the rainy season, we found about 85% survival rate for seedlings planted during the previous rainy season. Maintaining or even surpassing this rate in future plantings is crucial.” Stressing that the ministry will work to increase the approval rate by continuously carrying out care activities, Girma stated that the second exploration work will be done after the completion of the winter season. Looking ahead, the minister revealed that preparations for the upcoming rainy season are well underway. In collaboration with regional authorities, a plan to cultivate 9 billion seedlings is in place, leveraging the established nurseries and practices developed over the past years, he stated. Girma acknowledged the varying preparation times for different species, particularly indigenous trees, and assured that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure optimal planting conditions. With Ethiopia aiming to plant 17.5 billion trees in the next three years, the Green Legacy Initiative is rapidly approaching to meet its ambitious target of planting 50 billion saplings, according to him. As Ethiopia proudly shared its Green Legacy experience at the recent COP28 Summit, the world is taking notice of this remarkable initiative, offering hope for a greener and more sustainable future for all.  
Largest Russian Geological Institute Keen to Share Advanced Technologies with Ethiopia
Dec 23, 2023 8802
Addis Ababa December 23/2023 (ENA)The largest Russian geological institute, Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute, has expressed its willingness to share its advanced technologies to Ethiopia in the fields of geology. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Institute Director-General Pavel Khimchenko said the institute delegation has seen a lot of perspectives in Ethiopia. Accordingly, “we have main directions to develop together, including in geological mapping with a different scale.” “We can investigate, and also do geological mapping with a different scale. We have huge potential for cooperation in the future. Here, you see a lot of Russian and Ethiopian companies. I see how they contact each other and collaborate,” he stated. Given the huge potential in the geological sphere, and probably this next year, we'll see the concrete results of our cooperation, Khimchenko added. The institute is open to sharing technologies, and we have a lot of goods, services and works that we can provide. The director-general further said the institute “can provide technologies for Ethiopia, especially in IT technologies, in geology, geological mapping; and on how to investigate the special tough minerals and also how to do some stability studies for the future fields.” Commenting about the hospitality of Ethiopians, he said “I see that we are close to each other. I see that we are real friends and not friends in words. We are friends in real deals. That's why I see the huge potential for future steps and real steps.” The Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute is the leading institution of the Federal Agency on Mineral Resources in regional geological studies. Its main role is providing support and execution of state geological mapping of the Russian Federation and its adjacent water areas, the creation of a state network of reference geological and geophysical profiles, parametric and super-deep wells. It also provides scientific and technical support of geological exploration, scientific, thematic, and experimental and methodological activities.    
Russia’s Embassy Launches Geological Class at Pushkin Center
Dec 17, 2023 7688
Addis Ababa December 17/2023 (ENA) The Russian Embassy in Ethiopia launched today a geology class at the Pushkin Center in Addis Ababa. The geological class, named after a noted Russian Geologist, Karpinsky, was opened at the Pushkin Center in connection with the visit of Russian Geology Agency Head, Yevgeny Petrov to Ethiopia for a meeting, Russia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin said. “This week, we are having a special event in Addis Ababa. A joint Ethio-Russian Commission on Economic and Trade Cooperation will kick off,” he said. “So in conjunction with his presence in Addis Ababa, we have arranged the launch of a special geological class at Pushkin Center for Ethiopian students who would be interested in studying or getting first knowledge of geology, ” the ambassador said. For the ambassador, the class is not just a gateway to geological knowledge for interested Ethiopians, but also a bridge between languages and cultures of the two countries. “This special class will also help students of Pushkin Center to better know and understand Russian language,” he said. He views the Pushkin Center as a platform to cultivate multilateral culture and historical relationships between the peoples of the two countries. Culture forges the existing Ethio-Russian ties, he said, adding the recent events of captivating concert by renowned Russian musicians are testaments to this ongoing cultural exchange. Similarly, he expects Ethiopian artists to present their cultural show to the Russia audience. “The two (Ethiopia and Russia) should do more and more. We are keen to see Ethiopian artists sing and dance in Russia to show their arts to a broad Russian people who I am sure will be amazed by the Ethiopian cultural traditions and heritage,” ambassador Terekhin pointed out. This cultural reciprocity, he believes, will solidify the very foundation of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.   Director of the Pushkin Center, Alexander Evstigneev on his part said educational materials are fulfilled for the geological class opened today. He expressed his hope that such educational opportunities will foster the Ethio-Russian ties. The geology class will provide short term courses and seminars, it was learned.        
Ethiopian News Agency
2023