Climate & Environment

Ethiopia is a pioneering country in global climate work, both nationally and internationally. In 2011, the country launched a green development plan based on climate-robust green growth. Norway and the UK are among the countries that have committed to substantial, long-term investments. Currently other countries, such as Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, have joined the Norway and UK government during the COP 20 in Lima, Peru to support Ethiopia realize the green growth plan. This climate partnership has been strengthened within the pillars of forest/REDD+, clean energy/Energy+ and climate-smart agriculture. The country's authorities share Norway's ambitions to establish a new international climate treaty in which all countries participate, including developing countries. Ethiopia will be able to "deliver" results quite quickly in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This takes place through green investments in sectors with high growth rates.

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On Wednesday April 19th ambassador Gaarder was invited to hold a key note speech as a part of the opening of the LDC’s strategy meeting in Addis Ababa. The group of Least Developed Countries (LDC) has been an important voice in the global work on climate change and contributed to make the goals in international negotiations more ambitious. Ethiopia is currently chairing the group and during the... Read more

Bale Forest of Oromia, Ethiopia. 
Photo: RNE/JBJ.

Forests are crucial for our planet. They are home for a rich variety of animals and birds. They provide shelter and food for some of the planet’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Forests provide climate services by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it as carbon in trunks, roots and branches. They prevent erosion by binding the soil, contribute to stable ground water, lower local... Read more

The Norwegian Ambassador Andreas Gaarder made a statement at the ACPC round table. 
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Today, 15 December, the Africa Climate Policy center (ACPC) organized a development partners round table. The objective was to present a new strategy that repositions ACPC within the Economic Commission of Africa's (ECA) institutional architecture as a center of reference, responding to new realities and harnessing emerging opportunities in the transition towards climate resilient development. Read more

The Golaafala crew – actors, writers and producers. Next to traditional singer Dima (in the middle with sunglasses) is Senior Producer Dawitg Batri (with the blue shirt) . 
Photo: BBC Media Action.

“Bring that wood over here and make some fire in the room!” Although the woman can see that the smoke has already made her daughter’s eyes “so red, they’re like pepper”, her voice is commanding and disobeying her is unthinkable. The actors taking part in BBC Media Action’s new radio drama are more than convincing. Although barely two months on air, Golaafala is now one of the most popular shows... Read more

The government of Norway supports Hawassa University’s work for building national capacity for measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of forest, climate smart agriculture and energy in Ethiopia. On August 16, representatives from the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa and Hawassa University... Read more

Ms Maja Hennig Kjennerud from the Embassy held a speech at the launching Thursday 28. July. 
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Air pollution is one of the most pressing issues of our time – and the Embassy welcomes last week’s launch of the Norwegian supported “Air We Breathe” by BBC Media Action. BBC Media Action is working predominantly to improve people’s understanding on health issues and increase awareness on resilience to climate change. In Ethiopia this is done through radio programmes in Afan Oromo and Amharic.... Read more

Women are important in household decision-making, and play an important role when introducing new farming practices

Africa is searching for new farming practices that makes smallholders less vulnerable to climate change. Ethiopia is faced with the challenge of securing food to millions of rural communities that have lost their income due to the effect of the El Niño. Read more

The forest works as a main income for many people in the region, and the local community is an important part of the Bale REDD+ pilot project in Ethiopia. 
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On March 29 to April 1, Ambassador Andreas Gaarder, programme officer Lulu Likassa Nefabas and trainee Jorunn Bakke Johannessen, visited Bale Mountains Eco-Region REDD+ Project, supported by the Embassy. Read more

150 farmers from Gimbi in Oromia  have allocated small part of their land for Conservation Agriculture. 
Photo: Development Fund.

In 2015, Development Fund of Norway in Ethiopia together with the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture have implemented Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Gimbi, Western part of Oromia Region, with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa. Read more

The Environment and Climate Research Center is a one year old research center based in Addis Ababa. ECRC is a part of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) and aims to support green and climate resilient development. 
Photo: Karin Jonson.

On Thursday March 10, the Embassy attended the annual meeting with the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC). ECRC officially launched in February 2015 after a year-and-half of ground work. Norway signed an agreement with Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in June 2015 to support the establishment of the research center. Read more

Lars Ekman from the embassy’s climate team, sharing opinions about how the climate work in Ethiopia can be strengthened. 
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On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16-17, the embassy’s climate team and Hege Ragnhildstveit from Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) attended meetings hosted by the World Bank to discuss the future “Multi-Sector Investment Plan” (MSIP) for Ethiopia’s climate resilient Green Economy activities. Read more

The side-event on OFLP was officially opened by H.E Ato Zelalem Jemaneh, the Oromia Regional State Vice President. 
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Norway is supporting the Ethiopia REDD + program development. Under this program, Norway is also supporting the REDD + program pilot design in the Oromia regional state, in a way that the carbon credit generated by the program will be purchased by Norway. Oromia region is the size of UK and hosts 60 - 70% of Ethiopia’s forest cover. Read more

Ethiopia organized a big event at COP21 yesterday 7 December, where it presented Ethiopia's vision and action for low carbon. The event was officially opened by H.E Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, Minister for the Ministry of Environment, Gorest and Climate Change. Read more

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) on the agenda. 
Photo: Lulu/RNE.

Last updated: 03.12.2015 // Today December 03 2015 Ethiopia presented the green development path related to REDD+ programme, in a side event at COP 21. Read more

REDD+ is an important pillar in the Ethiopia- Norway Climate partnership. . 
Photo: Bale Region/RNE.

Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom yesterday announced a collective aim of providing $5 billion to support countries that are “reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation”, known as REDD+. Read more

The climate change negotiation was officially opened by the cop chairman on November 30th 2015 . During the two weeks of negotiation it is expected that 40000 people from different sectors are participating in the event. Read more

The virgin forest of the Gera block of the Belete – Gera forest blocks under the Oromia Forested Landscape carbon Finance program. 
Photo: RNE/Lulu Likassa.

The Prime Minister’s economic advisor and the executive director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Ato Newai Gebre-ab, visited Norway last month. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen Ethio-Norwegian relations, identify Norwegian research partners, and explore the possibilities for increased investments in Ethiopia’s green development. Read more

Hege (KLD), Lulu (RNE). Anders (RNE) and Odd (Norad) using the new Ethiopian light railway for the first time

Ethiopia and Norway signed a climate partnership agreement in 2013. The main objective of the agreement was to support Ethiopia achieve its ambitious Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy, which was launched in 2011 in Durban, South Africa during COP 17. As a result of the partnership agreement, with the financial support of the Norwegian government, Ethiopia has achieved huge results... Read more

The main objectives of the SLMP are to reverse land and environmental degradation and increase agriculture productivity.  . 
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Ambassador Andreas Gaarder and head of development cooperation, Mr. Morten Heide, are currently visiting the Ethiopian Government led Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP) in southern Ethiopia (SNNPR). The Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa has been supporting SLMP since 2013, and the programme has been of great importance to the Embassy, partners and local communities. The Embassy support... Read more

Official launching of the workshop

Ethiopia launched its Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy, by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, back in 2011 during COP17 in Durban, South Africa. During the launch of the CRGE, Norway and UK expressed their support to the government of Ethiopia for the implementation of the strategy. Based on this, Norway and Ethiopia signed a climate partnership agreement in 2013 for the suppo... Read more