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Ethiopia to launch first green growth plan in Africa

The Ethiopian government has announced official plans to launch a plan of action for green growth, rumoured to be the first of its kind in Africa.

  • 11 August 2011
  • The Ethiopian government has announced official plans to launch a plan of action for green growth, rumoured to be the first of its kind in Africa. The strategy aims to make the developing nation a carbon free economy by 2020 and is sponsored by the Agriculture ministry.
Ethiopia's green strategy will include soil and development work, potentially cutting carbon emissions by 50 per cent.
Ethiopia's green strategy will include soil and development work, potentially cutting carbon emissions by 50 per cent.
Severe drought has affected the Horn of Africa, displacing millions and devastating livelihoods. Researchers have attributed this natural disaster directly to the increase in climate change.
Severe drought has affected the Horn of Africa, displacing millions and devastating livelihoods. Researchers have attributed this natural disaster directly to the increase in climate change.

The Ethiopian government has announced official plans to launch a plan of action for green growth, rumoured to be the first of its kind in Africa.

The strategy aims to make the developing nation a carbon free economy by 2020 and is sponsored by the Agriculture ministry.” The nation envisages cutting carbon emission by half through undertaking soil and forest development works,” Agriculture Minister, Tefera Deribew, said to the Africa Report.

Recent estimates indicate that mitigation efforts in developing countries could cost between US$145 billion and US$175 billion a year over the next 20 years, while adaptation investments could average US$30 billion to US$100 billion a year from 2010 to 2020.

Ethiopia is one of many developing countries worldwide that is affected by the impact of climate change, irregardless that it has the lowest rate of carbon emissions per capita.

Many economists have stressed the importance of financing vital projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa, or else the continent will face more severe climate risks in future. Researchers have claimed the drought in the Horn of Africa, which has affected over 12 million people, is directly linked to climate change.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, is expected to unveil the plan at the Cop17 Climate Change Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa in December later this year.

Article by Diva Rodriguez | Climate Action