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Norway partners with World Bank to support Ethiopia in scaling up climate-smart land management
Source: World Bank
ADDIS ABABA, August 30, 2013 - Ethiopia, a country highly vulnerable to extreme weather events, land degradation, deforestation and food insecurity, is stepping up its efforts to fight climate change, promote sustainable rural development and build resilience. Today, two agreements were signed between the Government of Norway and the World Bank to provide significant financing for sustainable land management, climate-smart agriculture and forest protection in the country.
The first agreement injects an additional US$50 million grant funds from the Government of Norway through a trust fund to co-finance the Sustainable Land Management Program (SLMP II) aimed at reducing land degradation and increasing land productivity of smallholder farmers.
In the second agreement, Norway provides US$13 million through the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund (BioCF) to support Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Facility and to promote climate-smart agriculture, forest protection and land rehabilitation at the landscape level. Norway’s contribution complements initial funding of US$5 million from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and ongoing financing from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
"Norway is pleased to collaborate with the World Bank in supporting Ethiopia's ambitious efforts to fight land degradation, deforestation and climate change while promoting sustainable development in the land use sector. The two complementary programs have the potential to protect the natural resource endowment and to promote climate-smart land use in order to adapt and mitigate climate change and increase food security and resilience in a vast area of the country," said Tove Stub, Charge d`affaires a.i., Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Under SLMP II, the Government of Ethiopia is building on the remarkable progress achieved during implementation of the program’s first phase in reducing land degradation and increasing sustainable land and water productivity. Under SLMP I, which started in 2008, over 190,000 hectares of degraded communal and individual farmlands have been rehabilitated and agricultural productivity has improved in areas that were hitherto found to be less productive. SLMP II, a blended IDA credit (US$50 million) and GEF grant (US$14 million) with co-financing from Norway (US$50 million), scales up earlier achievements.
The ongoing process to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), a key pillar of Ethiopia’s fight against climate change, will be significantly strengthened with support from the BioCarbon Fund. This program will enable Ethiopia to fully finance its ongoing REDD+ readiness process and to develop a REDD+ pilot program at a Regional State level. It will also provide advisory services to the CRGE Facility, in particular to enhance access to climate finance for REDD+ and other land-based activities.
"These funds will allow Ethiopia to become ready for REDD+ and will provide for an ambitious landscape-level program to address the causes of deforestation in the most forested region of our country, while also promoting social benefits to local communities,” said H. E. Sileshi Getahun, State Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture.
The BioCF’s new initiative provides an important boost to the activities of the CRGE Facility, which was established by the Government of Ethiopia to spearhead national efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2025.
"The World Bank expects that these two initiatives, including others not mentioned here, will contribute significantly to Ethiopia's efforts to deal with three of the most daunting challenges of our times: land degradation, deforestation and climate change. It is also a good opportunity for the Bank to share its global expertise on climate finance to provide advisory support to the CRGE Facility. These two initiatives strengthen the Bank's partnership for Ethiopia's sustainable development,” said Guang Zhe Chen, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia.
The problem is we continue to depend on donations from the west and the shady world bank, and the beneficiaries TPLF and EFFORT are already and eagerly waiting to looting …
Kicking them to the curve and bring good modern day and accountable and smart governance is what we all truly crave!
WB is no longer relevant but is an obstacle. It is created by western Europeans and North America to build Europe after it was destroyed by themselves in the WWII. It never had been and never will with the tendency to help any developing nation for real let alone Africa that is their first target and worst victim for more than 500 years.
WB is a disaster if it involves with any national matter. It is there for the neo-Liberals agenda to destroy the world economy in order the benefit goes to them and get power to control the world as a whole which is already in the past despite they are trying still to keep it as business as usual under their control as it was the case in the past.
No WB is needed if the nation is really what to do something right and the best for her own. WB must be the past and totally rejected. Money, knowledge, honesty and willingness are not from the direction where WM and IMF are created and used but the new world order which is the East that is the present and future of the world.
Free yourself from WB, IMF and those created and using them to destroy others in order to benefit themselves.
They said that “..Ethiopia, a country highly vulnerable to extreme weather events, land degradation, deforestation and food insecurity..” ,perfectly aware of the Agazi Bandits “LAND GRABBING” evil programs ,letting Foreign Looters destroying the Eco Systems by deplacing and exposing local peoples to Famine .
Afterall Norvegian Assistance shall have no more affects on resolving
the problems than once again financing the Bandits Evil Programs of Destruction like the WB’s Under US pressures .SHAME ON ALL OF THEM !!!!!
Do not trust this scanadanavian, they used to help shabans by employing them in their embassies and NGO offices. They are now helping Ogaden terrorist from Somalia in their countries by organising and financing them. They are converting orthodox Christians to pent,Protestants etc. A homxxxmo, LesXxxbian religion. Now, with help of world bank to inject their western venom to kill us slowly our economy and culture and these are their strategy to keep us in poverty and weak our unity. They are against Amhara unity and orthodox religions. Never trust world band and scandanavian.
ment4you, I actually don’t like to comment on comments rather than on the actual topic. However, I found it necessary to drop something for you as I have already read your comment on the previous article about EA. Your hatered for EPRDF is understood by most who are reading these articles. Once heard, there is no point to echo your own voice everytime something is written about development in Ethiopia. Just for your information and as you might be someone who is probably be living in one of those doner countries, first I don’t think you have the morale to say anything as you are fully dependant on those doners. Second, they call it “a fair game” to finance project from sources of a clean source.
On the other hand, I like the move.
there are many kinds of insecuritys in Norway.frist do your homework Norway.
Fight greedness,rascilaism,coruption in Norway frist.
Norwegians are imoral and stupid people ever.you talk about African development.do your job.
The problem is who’s gonna kicking them to the curve Mr. Ment4you? You all are hiding somewhere, or you just waiting some kind of miracle to happen. Struggle against anything should start from you if you really want to make a change don’t wait for someone to do it for you. It just a suggestion
guess how people would tell that you, and Teddy are one of chronically ignorant and hate equipped destructive and useless individuals, you guys are the champion in spitting the hate blinded and immoral curse phrases first!! You can not give your korkoro brains a chance to “think” to curse in some complete sentences. I am so glad you guys are such complete irrelevant and of zero influence of anything. Keep barking until the day gets dark on you forever.
the child like responses to this news is another sign how sick and mentally challenged some of the participants at nazret are. realy!!some one is supporting ethiopias effort in curving land degradation and deforestation and you morons still find ways and reasons to trash and whine about it. isnt this kind of attitude that is turning off many ethiopians from politics which extends the life of eprdf. do you guys even realize how stupid and self centered you are. even if the devil itself try to curve ethiopias deforestation by planting trees and other mechanism, so be it!
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