Addis Ababa Mayor Launches 6 Months Environmental Protection Campaign

Addis Ababa: Mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abiebe launched today a 6 months environmental protection campaign that is expected to engage 2.7 million residents of the city.

The campaign organized under the theme ‘Stop Pollution, Beauty Awakes’ will have significant role in the metropolitan city’s thrive towards reducing the adverse impact of climate change.

The projects such as riverside development spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed beautifying the capital, Addis Ababa have immense potential to making the city global tourist destination, she elaborated.

Addis Ababa is endowed with various natural resources including 1,300 hectares of land restricted forest and numerous rivers, Mayor Adanech said, and urged residents to discharge due responsibility in keeping the city clean.

The City Administration has planted about 60 million trees over the last couple of years through the national campaign of Green Legacy initiated by Premier Abiy, it was indicated.

Addis Ababa City Environmental Protection Authori
ty CEO, Dida Diriba said on his part that the campaign through broad community base mobilization will create awareness in environmental protection of the city.

The forest coverage of Addis Ababa has increased from 2.8 percent to 15 percent through Green Legacy Initiative following the massive tree planting carried out over the past years, he said, and added that this campaign will likewise have paramount impact.

Furthermore, Dida said that the personal plastic bottle usage of the country has risen from 0.6 kg in 2007 to 2.6 kg in 2022.

The authority is encouraging the use of electric vehicles towards ensuring the reduction of adverse climate change impacts.

Every month is allotted to specific environmental protection including plastic bottles, weather, water, soil, and sound pollutions.

Addis Ababa City Administration Council Speaker, Buzena Al-Kader and over 2,000 residents of the capital attended the launching ceremony.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency