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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