This isn’t the first time Ethiopia has hit the headlines for its reforestation efforts.
Last year, they set a world record by planting over 350 million trees in just 12 hours.
This year, they are upping the anty; big time.
The African nation launched its Green Legacy Initiative in 2019 to combat environmental degradation, build resilience, and transition into a more green society.
Through Green Legacy, the Ethiopian government hopes to plant 20 billion trees over the next 4 years, starting with 5 billion this year.
In just 3 decades, Ethiopia has lost 97% of its native forests due to the growing population and food production needs. Green Legacy aims to repair the damage done and transform the way Ethiopians view their land management.
This project is separate from the Great Green Wall which is also being built in Africa as we speak.
Big environmental moves happening in Africa!