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Tree Planting in Africa - Ethiopia Project


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% of original natural forest 38%+
% of original forest remaining 3%
Annual forest growth/decline +2.5%

Population estimation82,500,000
GDP per capita£115
Below poverty line50%
Secondary education12.7%
Threatened species60
Threatened mammal species35
Annual deaths from aids120,000
Life expectancy55yrs
Electricity produced by fossil fuel1.3% (UK-74%)
Electricity by Hydro97% (UK-0.9%)

Industry - food processing, beverages, textiles, chemicals, metals processing, cement
Agriculture - cereals, pulses, coffee, oilseed, sugarcane, potatoes, cattle, sheep, goats
Natural Resources - small reserves of gold, platinum, copper, potash, natural gas, hydropower

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Problem Summary

2 Billion tons of top soil is lost every year into the River Nile system. The country is suffering from considerable drought, lack of drinking water and food supplies etc. A lack of agricultural and soil preservation techniques has left land unproductive and difficult to farm at the levels necessary. Devastating consequences for the health and welfare of its people.


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Project Location

The project spreads predominantly around two towns called; Welkite (GPS co-ordinates 8 17'23N/ 37 46'54E) and Butajira (GPS co-ordinates 8 07'00N / 38 22'28E) which are separated by a mountainous area reaching 3,100m in altitude. This spreads within the Gurage Zone which is approximately 150km from Addis Ababa. The district is called Dobbie and is accessible all year round for visitors. To view through Google Earth, go to our deforestation page to down load the program required. There are a number of nurseries established and the mountains/rivers help support the watering requirement. There are small pockets of old rainforest remaining but predominantly grass land. Further North and around the coast it is too dry, and planting trees would show far less success.

Project Description

Greener Ethiopia have two distinct project types, both of which compliment each other and provide benefits to the local communities and the environment.

Indigenous Trees

Greener Ethiopia plant trees in government allocated land and watershed areas, in desperate need of direct environmental attention, due to considerable degradation. Direct and indirect benefits consist predominantly of reducing flooding, reducing erosion, encouraging surrounding growth, encouraging the return of wildlife and bio-diversity etc.

Fruit Trees

Greener Ethiopia's Fruit Tree projects are in high demand from the local population, and the fruit trees are given out to families within the local communities. Often from markets, training and education is given to recipients, and they are recorded through a central auditing process. Fruit Trees include; Mango, Guava, Papaya, Avocado, Orange, Lemon, Apple etc.

David Discussing Progress Nursery 6 months!

Project Facilitators

Greener Ethiopia is focused on planting trees and in striving hard to reverse the critical situation, has already planted over 20 million trees. The initiative does so with a well-researched plan co-ordinated and managed by experts with the specific aims of sustainable economic growth, enhancing local economies, and supporting the development of new rural communities.

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