EDRI Co-organizes Second Annual Conference on Ethiopia’s CRGE

Organized by a unique collaboration of EDRI and Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MEFCC), the second annual conference on Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) held on May 14-15, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The conference was organized on two themes: ‘Strengthening coordination to support the implementation of the CRGE’ and ‘Boosting implementation for a climate-resilient, sustainable integrated food and land use system’. The conference contained presentations and panel discussions to address these themes.
High Level Panel discussion was one of the key events in this conference. The High Level discussion mainly focused on pinpointing coordination challenges of CRGE implementation, and identifying and proposing pathways to strengthen further coordination. As disclosed by the panelists, the Government of Ethiopia has put in place various institutional tools and mechanisms to ensure effective coordination of key line ministries and stakeholders at different levels. Despite such an encouraging move by the government, the panelists stated that there remain challenges. The discussion thus emphasized on identifying and proposing way forward to the effective implementation of CRGE strategy. Panelist of this session include: H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minster of MEFCC; H.E. Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water Irrigation and Electricity; H.E. Mr. Getachew Adem, Deputy Commissioner, National Planning Commission; and H.E. Dr. Mebrhatu Meles, State Minister of Minsitry of Industry.

One of the other key events witnessed in this conference was the official launch of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) Ethiopia. The Food and Land Use Coalition connects members from across science, government business, and civil society to develop a shared vision for climate resilient, sustainable food and land use systems in 2050 and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. A joint presentation by the FOLU core partners (EDRI, Synergos, Water and Land Resources Centre of Addis Ababa University, and World Resources Institute) highlighted the rationale and focus areas of the proposed work in Ethiopia.
In the presentations and panel discussions made both in parallel and plenary sessions such subthemes as: Monitoring sustainable development: international perspective; Innovation and institutional coordination to green Ethiopia’s industrialization; Coordination across CRGE subsystems; Transformative urban land use planning; Carbon pricing in low-income countries: Ethiopia as a case study; Land use systems for climate-resilient water access; achieving CRGE’s targets on energy and forestry; climate-smart and transformative agriculture; and increasing private investment in restoration; and opportunities to strengthen food and land use system in support of a CRGE have been covered.
This conference was opened following welcoming remarks by H.E. Mr. Mekonnen Manyazewal, Executive Director, with the rank of Minster, EDRI and opening speech by H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minster of MEFCC. In this conference, key note address was given by H.E. Mr. Belete Tafere from the National Integrated Land Use Planning and Policy Project Office at the office of the Prime Minister. Following the key note address, a presentation that highlights Ethiopia-Norway strong partnership on climate action was made by Per Fredrik Ilsaas Pharo, Director of the Norwgian International Climate and Forest Initiative.
The conference was organized by EDRI, MEFCC in partnership with the World Bank, World Resources Institute (WRI), Environment for Development (EfD), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute.

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