30 October 2021, Nekemte
The Oromia Forested Landscape Program (OFLP) has organized a one day consultation in Nekemte Town and discussed ways of further deepening landscape-level coordination among relevant actors and partners in the South Western Cluster. Participants from respective government sectors, NGOs and initiatives agreed to harmonize efforts to a high level to insure efficient Carbon emission reduction while improving the livelihood of the local people across the cluster.
The objective of the event was to discuss ways of intensifying and strengthening landscape-level coordination among relevant actors and partners across the seven zones in the cluster:(Jima,EAB,B/Bedele, East Welega, West Welega, Kelem Welega and Horo Guduru Welega) through creating viable platform for discussion and exchange of experiences.
Ato Taye Dugasa, representative of OFLP coordinator, speaking at the onset of the event reminded OFLP’s core objectives, intervention modalities, major achievements and development of Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement negotiation. Meantime, he stressed that now is a crucial time when all actors and partners need to deepen coordination. He, therefore, urged participants to act in harmony toward a comprehensive result that would help insure effective Green House Emission reduction at the landscape level.
On same occasion, representatives of OFLP western cluster, Green LAND, World Vision, and Ethio wetlands, among others initiatives, have presented their experiences. Among these valuable experiences, Ato Gemechu Senbeto, project manager of Green LAND, presented a new technology his project is introducing to the local community. The technology is focused on making bricks out of mud for house construction at household level. Ato Gemechu explained that the new practice helps to reduce deforestation as it enables people use mud-made bricks instead of cutting trees to build houses.
Finally, due discussion was made on way of enhancing coordination to a high level for an efficient Carbon emission reduction while improving the livelihood of the local people across the cluster. On top of that, Participants agreed to work in a more harmonized way.
OFLP is Oromia National Regional State’s programmatic umbrella and coordination platform for multi-sector, multi-partner intervention on all forested landscapes in Oromia. The Program is hence working to insure sustainable and low carbon development through promoting sustainable forest investment/ management and enhancing carbon stock across Oromia.