Addis Ababa August 16/2013 Ethiopia and Norway here Friday signed a REDD+ Partnership agreement to support Ethiopia's forest sector and REDD+ program as part of the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy.
Agriculture State Minister, Sileshi Getahun and Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia Oddlnge Kvalheim signed the bilateral agreement.
Sileshi on the occasion said the agreement will contribute to Ethiopia's efforts to build climate resilient green economy.
Ambassador Kvalheim on his part said the partnership is to contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation, thereby supporting the development and implementation of Ethiopia's REDD+ Strategy.
He said there is no specific budget for this partnership agreement; it is an agreement with result based payments for verified results that the parties will agree upon along the way.
It is part of the Durban Declaration where Norway pledged to support 60 million US dollars to agriculture, forestry and energy sectors annually, the Ambassador said.