Ethiopia takes major steps to combat impacts of climate change: MoA

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Addis Ababa, 27 February 2014 (WIC) – The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) said that Ethiopia has taken major steps to buffer the impact of climate change.
Agriculture State Minister, Sileshi Getahun, made the remark here yesterday at a National Forum on Climate Change Adaptation held under the theme: Building Community Resilience through Innovative Adaptation Practice.  
The forum is organized by Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) and Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) in partnership Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).
The key objective of the forum among many is to share knowledge between farmers, government, research institutions and international organizations on the effects of climate change on agricultural development.
Sileshi has also applauded the Organization for the Rehabilitation and Development of Amhara (ORDA) for its successful activities to combat climate change through conducting rehabilitation works.
Former Director General of Environmental Protection Authority and Advisor to the Minister of MoEF, Dr. Teweldeberhan Gebre-Egziabher on his part said ORDA has achieved remarkable results through teaching the people on how to preserve its environs.
“If we want to go on living, we, humans, must unite to act together and neutralize climate change before it becomes devastating to us all,” he told participants of the forum.
Rehabilitating degraded lands and combating the impacts of climate change are the key factors to ensure food security and defeat poverty, Dr. Teweldeberhan noted.
He added that all stakeholders should support activities of ORDA so that it can continue its rehabilitation activities more strongly, thus tackling the impact of climate change.
Executive Director of ORDA, Dr. Amlaku Asres, said an effective management of resources is fundamental to develop a sustainable agricultural production.
ORDA has so far managed to reach over 3.5 million people through its various interventions that include water shade management, reforestation, biodiversity, potable water supply, hygiene and sanitation, small scale irrigation, improved crop varieties and livestock production, he said.
Country Director for (CHF), Salfiso Kitabo, on his part said the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) policy objectives and the associated instruments to implement these objectives, has set Ethiopia on the path to addressing the challenges and opportunities provided by climate change.
CHF with the support from the Canadian government, have been working alongside the federal, regional and zonal Ethiopian government ministries, ORDA, research institutes and universities to learn together, document best practices and make a difference in the lives of vulnerable, he said.