Addis Ababa (ENA)―The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has presented a report about ongoing activities to cover over one million hectares of land with tree seedlings.

More than four billion tree seedlings will be planted in the campaign to raise the nation’s forest coverage.

Activities are well underway to push forest coverage to 30 percent in 2017, according to MoEFCC Minister Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam.

The Minister today addressed stakeholders gathered in the town of Adama, Oromia region, to evaluate the performance of the previous year and set directions for the current budget year.

He recalled Ethiopia’s efforts to attain a middle-income status by 2017, which gives emphasis to implementing the green economic strategy.

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The ministry has achieved 80 per cent of its set target in the previous year by overseeing the planting of 3.6 billion tree seedlings across the nation.

Last year’s seeding campaign covered 800,000 hectares of land.

Reports indicate that Ethiopia has a potential of 18 million hectares open land to cover with tree seedlings.

Source: ENA
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