In 2019, the Ethiopia government, led by Prime Minster Dr. Abiy Ahmed, launched the ambitious Green Legacy campaign that set a milestone to plant 200 million tree seedlings within 12 hours as integral part of an annual target to plant 4 billion tree seedlings. July 29, 2019 was declared to be Green Legacy day, which aimed to plant 200 million seedlings in a day countrywide by all stakeholders based on the Prime Minister declaration to all Ethiopian citizens, governmental and Non-governmental institutions, Civil and Private organizations, Embassies, Agencies and others. Subsequently, the GGGI Ethiopia country office joined the campaign, with Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) as a key partner on the country’s green growth initiatives, to be part of this historic event. This campaign has shown substantial government dedications towards green development actions, mobilizing stakeholders and forest development initiatives as a country.
Following the Prime Minster national call, a core national technical committee was established and led this campaign to coordinate and ensure tree planting activities across different parts of the country properly and effectively at respective planting sites. Moreover, a national archive and communication center was established to record and communicate planting tallies as they happen on the site through the application of GPS and modern communication technology. National and international medias have recorded and broadcasted the events, which enabled global outreach to demonstrate Ethiopia’s efforts and achievements on tree planting. The core technical team disclosed the outcome that both targets have been met, in which annual achievement has reached more than 4 billion seedlings. It’s also reported that more than 350 million seedlings have been plated on a single day, which was recorded to be the world’s highest tree seedling planting event ever.
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(GGGI/News, 25 May 2018)
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the Government of Rwanda hosted a side event today, under the theme of “Leveraging Climate Finance in Africa,” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Busan, Republic of Korea. Hyoeun Jenny Kim, GGGI’s Deputy Director General and Head of Green Growth Planning and Implementation opened the side event, making references to GGGI’s track record of mobilizing climate finance into projects globally, with a focus on Africa. Hubert Ruzibiza, CEO of Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA – Rwandan National Environment and Climate Fund) said that climate change is a critical issue that must be addressed before it’s too late. Rwanda is experiencing floods and other natural catastrophes. It’s crucial for ministries to integrate aspects related to environmental sustainability and social inclusion to raise more funding for climate resilience. “The private sector needs to play an important role in climate action. The African Development Bank support African countries to adopt Nationally Determined Contributions and strive for inclusive growth and transition to green growth,” said Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank (AfDB).
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