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Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Wins UN Gold Award for Greening its Drylands

Tigray greening and forestation program awarded
The Tigray government has mobilised villagers to volunteer 20 days a year, as part of the World Bank funded Sustainable Land Management Program, to build terraces, irrigation projects, build stone walls on mountains and hillsides. [Because of that] … Tigray region is greener than it was 145 years ago. (Photo: TerrAfrica Partnership)
BY ALEX WHITING | REUTERS

A major project to restore land in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region to boost millions of people’s ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world’s best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.

Tigray’s drylands, home to more than 4.3 million people, are being restored on a massive scale, said the World Future Council, a foundation which organised the award together with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Continue reading Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Wins UN Gold Award for Greening its Drylands