Ethiopia Launches New Sustainable Intervention for Green Cities Development

Feb 22, 2017

Addis Ababa, 22 February 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Ethiopia have officially launched a new intervention that will enhance the linkage between urban waste management and greening six cities around the country. 

“Ethiopian cities have faced critical challenges in the management of solid waste value chain and in implementing and sustaining urban green infrastructure” State Minister Admassu Nebebe from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) noted at the signing ceremony for the new project.

The urban climate change mitigation program, known as Creating Opportunities for Municipalities to Produce and Operationalize Solid waste Transformation (COMPOST), has received close to USD 7 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and plans to achieve a middle income country status with a carbon neutral economy by 2025. According to the latest available data, urban dwellers make up 18% of the country’s population and the migrations into cities is expected to continue leading to more burden in energy demands.

These biomass energy demands by urban dwellers have in the past traditionally led to forest and land degradation. The new intervention seeks to target 17,000 hectares of land for afforestation, thus helping Ethiopia sequester significant greenhouse gas emissions.

The COMPOST program that will be implemented over the period of five years (2017-2021) will support Ethiopia’s ambition to build a carbon neutral economy by helping the country to strengthen national capacity to monitor and report on reductions in carbon emissions.

“Today as the adverse effects of climate change becomes more acute, UNDP continues its engagement in climate change adaptation and mitigation programs providing support to the Government of Ethiopia in mobilizing resources to realize its bold ambitions of becoming a carbon neutral middle income country by 2025 and meet its commitment to SDGs,” underlined Mr. Samuel Bwalya, UNDP Ethiopia Country Director.

COMPOST will also help create new jobs, particularly for youth and women as well as SMEs and the private sector in general to work in recycling and an expanding sustainable compost market to support urban agriculture as well as urban forests. 

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Kidanua Abera

Energy & Low Carbon Development Analyst

kidanua.abera@undp.org

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