Addis Ababa March 05/2018 Ethiopia must work to tackle a variety of challenges, among which are the need to sustain the productivity of the natural resource base, and address emerging environmental issues of pollution and waste management, World Bank Group Country Director Carolyn Turk said.
Ethiopia's Environmental Analysis conducted by World Bank, Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Finance and Economic Cooperation ministries and Ethiopian Development Research Institute was launched here today.
Speaking during the occasion, WB Country Director Turk said Ethiopia should tackle many environmental challenges in order to maintain its strong and broad-based growth and achieve national poverty reduction targets.
The Country Director praised Ethiopia as a world-leader in sustainable land and water management, and has made significant advance in participatory forest management practices.
The programs, which she said the World Bank is happy to support, provide a solid foundation and for ensuring the long-term productivity of the country’s natural resource-base.
According to Turk, the Environmental Analysis is in line with the CGRE Strategy and GTP-2 and will enable Ethiopia to make informed decisions on regulatory issues and better incorporate environmental analysis in sectoral planning.
Forest, Environment and Climate change State Minister, Kare Cahwecha, said Ethiopia faces significant environmental and climate change related challenges that are aggravated by low adaptive capacity and climate sensitive sectors.
He noted that the Country Environmental Analysis has prioritized the near and medium-term environmental actions to secure public goods and improve performance of various sectors.
According to the Environmental Analysis lack of integration among the sectoral ministries and regional bureaus, problems of value addition in using natural resources and lack of strategy on green industry are identified as the main challenges that hamper effective actions against environmental climate change related actions.
Addis Ababa March 03/2018 Recent reports on foreign media outlets regarding the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia are “exaggerated and baseless”, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission said.
The reports disseminated by some foreign media outlets regarding people in need of assistance in the first six months of 2018 are ‘fake’, Debebe Zewede, Public Relations Director of the Commission told ENA.
“Recently, we have observed exaggerated figures with related to people in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia by some media outlets especially from foreign media outlets. The reports are ineligible and it is the responsibility of the government to report its emergency situation in the country”, he underlined.
The exact figure will be unveiled soon jointly by the government and humanitarian partners through the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), he affirmed.
“The government in collaboration with all international and local humanitarian organization wills soon officially unveiled the emergency situation in Ethiopia”.
An assessment have already conducted to identify on 412 vulnerable Woredas/districts, on their capacity to respond to the situation, and the magnitude of the disaster so as to determine the humanitarian need, he added.
Out of the total 412 districts, profile that include the magnitude of the problem, number of needy people as well as animal situation has been prepared for the 345 Wordas so far, according to the Director.
Regional states where the vulnerable areas are found are expected to prepare their own plan based on the result of this assessment.
The assessments conducted so far indicate the likely decrease in the number of the needy people, he noted.
“The various assessments indicate that the figure for the number of the needy population is expected to drop from the last figure released by the government, which is 8.5 million”, Debebe said.
Even though the period for the previous term - second half of 2017 - has ended, the assistance has continued without interruption, he said.
“Despite the conclusion of the period for distributing food assistance, all stakeholders including the government, world food program, and nongovernmental organizations have still continued to provide their support”.
He mentioned the procurement of about 400,000 metric tons of food by the government, which is expected to arrive in April as part of the sustained response activities.
In addition, over 80,000 metric tons of nutrition food has been prepared in the country for needy children, and pregnant and lactating mothers, Debebe said.
Cultivation of fodder in Somalia, Afar, and SNNP regional states as well utilization of trans-boundary rivers in Somali region for cultivation are among the activities being carried out to minimize the risk.