Ethiopia's natural resource conservation successful: WFP Executive Director

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Addis Ababa, December 22, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran said natural resource conservation done by the government and people of Ethiopia is a success.

The outstanding natural resource conservation work done by the government and people of Ethiopia was screened at the Copenhagen climate change conference.

On the occasion, the Executive Director said the Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition (MERET) project is homegrown, focused on expansion of best practices and made use of natural resources for land development system.

The work being executed by the project is indeed an exemplary work for others, it was noted at the conference.

She said the project came out from practical efforts, the director said.

Environmental protection work carried out in the northern part of Ethiopia is step forward to ensure food security.

The project, being executed by the Ethiopian government, would be expanded to over 70 woredas in Amhara, Tigray , Oromia ,Somali ,South Ethiopia Peoples' States and the DireDawa town administration.

More than a million hectares are rehabilitated, over 600, 000 hectares of land covered by trees and over 26 km terrace has been constructed through the project supported by the WFP.

African Union Commission Chairperson Jean Ping on his part said the project manifested that Africa can have such outstanding works.

He said Ethiopia is in state of change in all spheres.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on the occasion said environment protection and conservation of natural resources will not need advanced technology.

The premier noted that if farmers would be provided with proper support they could really show something tangible, according to a report filed by the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.