Lower Riparian Countries Need to Support Ethiopia’s Environmental Protection Initiates: Professor Tasew Woldehana

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July 09, 2022 (ENA) The lower riparian countries need to support Ethiopia’s effort for ensuring sustainable flow of Abbay River including cost sharing, President of Addis Ababa University Professor Tasew Woldehana said.

Ethiopia’s
Green Legacy Initiative has significant contributions in protecting
& cleaning water, preserving biodiversity, preserving wildlife,
improving health, climate sequester, mitigation, & adaptation,
building resilience, and advancing social capital.

Professor
Tasew told ENA that Ethiopia’s Green Legacy program and other
environmental protection initiatives will provide assurances for the
sustainable flow of Abbay River.

Despite
knowing the fact that developing Abbay River is significant for all, he
said the lower riparian countries especially Egypt and Sudan are not
providing any support for Ethiopia at the moment.

Stressing
that Ethiopia’s environmental protection activities including the green
legacy program is crucial for the lower riparian countries, Tasew said,
adding  Egypt and Sudan  should support Ethiopia’s environmental work
for the sustainable flow of the Abbay River including with cost sharing.

According
to Prof. Tassew,  the rehabilitation effort of natural resources
including the Abay River and protection of  soil erosion will enable the
country to utilize its resources and ensure sustainable flow of the
river to lower riparian countries.

He
further stated that the green initiative will be instrumental in
protecting GERD  from sedimentation, for the benefits of downstream
countries as well.

The
fourth Green Legacy planting campaign has begun last month with a
target of planting 6 billion seedlings during this rainy season.

Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative is expected to surpass its goal of planting 20 billion tree seedlings this summer.

Launched in June of 2019, the Green legacy initiative aims to curb the effects of climate change and deforestation in Ethiopia.

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