Norad Director Jon Lomøy planted  Juniper and Podocarpus (Indiginous trees) in Menagesha Suba Forest. 
Photo: RNE/MOHE.Norad Director Jon Lomøy planted Juniper and Podocarpus (Indiginous trees) in Menagesha Suba Forest. Photo: RNE/MOHE

Climate and Private Sector on the Agenda for Norad Visit to Ethiopia

29.02.2016 // Jon Lomøy joined Norad as a Director General in November last year. He and a Norad team visited Ethiopia in Addis Ababa 22 – 23 February, 2016. This was his first visit outside of Norway in his new capacity. The team visited programs that the government of Norway is supporting, implemented by the Ethiopian government. The main themes of the visit included climate (agriculture, forestry, energy) and private sector development.

The NORAD Delegation together with the Embassy, visited Menagesha Suba Forest and the surrounding areas. 
Photo: RNE/MOHE.
The NORAD Delegation together with the Embassy, visited Menagesha Suba Forest and the surrounding areas. Photo: RNE/MOHE 

Lomøy and his team visited Welmera Sustainable Land management Site (SLMP) and Menagesha Suba forest areas. The visit started at one of the SLMP project sites in Wolmera Woreda, Oromia regional state, where the SLMP program Coordinator explained the details on what the project is doing. Due to the rugged topography, the area is highly vulnerable to land & environmental degradation and soil loss through erosion, which leads to low productivity of the land. SLMP is working to reverse the land & environmental degradation, hence enhance productivity of the land & other environmental resources. The team also attended a meeting with woreda steering and technical committee.

Next stop was the Menagesha Suba forest which is part of the the Oromia Forested Landscape program (OFLP). The coordinator explained to the team about the design of the OFLP as part of the Ethiopian REDD+ readiness program. The program is working towards emission reduction through Reduction of Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), as part of mitigation and working with the communities’ livelihood improvement as adaptation means.

At the end of their visit, the team planted indigenous tree species at the Suba office of the Oromia Forest and Wildlife Enterprise (OFWE).

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