BY The Tigray government has mobilised villagers to volunteer 20 days a year, as part of the World Bank funded Sustainable Land Management Program, to build terraces, irrigation projects, build stone walls on mountains and hillsides. [Because of that] … Tigray region is greener than it was 145 years ago. (Photo: TerrAfrica Partnership) ALEX WHITING | REUTERS
A major project to restore land in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region to boost millions of people’s ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world’s best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.
Tigray’s drylands, home to more than 4.3 million people, are being restored on a massive scale, said the World Future Council, a foundation which organised the award together with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
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Through the student summer work program, over 19 million holes dug, 23 million seedlings planted and 17,000 km of terraces has been made since the program inception in 1994.
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Statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture show that 30% of Eritrean land used to be covered by forest a century ago. Due to successive wars, frequent drought and other factors those thick forests were reduced to 1% coverage over the years.
In order to restore the natural vegetation the government of Eritrea launched
summer work programs ( Maetot) in 1994, in which students are deployed in different parts of the country to participate in afforestation activities that include planting trees and water and soil conservation. Continue reading Summer Work Program on the Path of Making Eritrea Green Again
Eritrea demonstrating commitment to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) by 2030
Eritrea endeavours numerous soil and water conservation schemes to combat effects of climate change. These includes but not limited to: planting over 41 million trees, constructing over 600 different sized water reservoirs (dams), and distributing over 150,000 energy saving stoves.
Geographically, Eritrea is located in the Sahel region which is prone to drought and erratic rainfall. This situation is aggravated by climate change. Hence, sustainable land management issues assume great importance for countries like Eritrea whose economies highly depend on agriculture. Continue reading Eritrea Striving to Address Negative Effects of Climate Change