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Replanting Forests in Africa - The White House posts Gashaw Tahir

US Regional Environment Office of the White House restates that Gashaw Tahir was shocked when he returned to his native Ethiopia after living overseas and saw how the land had been degraded, as well as the effects of deforestation on the climate and quality of life for his community, which overwhelmingly relies on farming.
The project, known as the Greenland Development Foundation, grew exponentially from there as he acquired more and more land and employed more young workers. He and his crew have now planted more than 1 million trees, and media coverage has inspired similar projects elsewhere in Ethiopia.
Tahir, now recognized by the Ethiopian government as a "national green hero," says his biggest role is "just being a model."
The White House and has more on this subject.



In 2004 as most people will recall, Kenya's Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize for her sterling work on the environment. Wangari Maathai started a campaign to plant tens of millions of trees across East Africa.Gashaw Tahir, an Ethiopian, seems to be following in the footsteps of Wangari Maathai...


UN Green National Hero Raises Awareness of Climate Warming

An Ethiopian-born American lauded by the United Nations for planting 1 million trees in his homeland attended the UN Climate Change Convention in Cancun to raise awareness of the effects of climate change in Africa.
Gashaw Tahir (pronounced Ga-sha Ta-here) and his family immigrated to the United States more than three decades ago. In 2001 he returned to Ethiopia for a family wedding to find the green hills that surrounded his former home eroded and ruined due to years of deforestation.


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Greenland Development Foundation (GDF) is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) free of any political, religious and ethnic affiliation. GDF was established in 2006 with its incorporation in Culver City in the state of California by highly dedicated individuals extremely concerned about the alarming environmental degradation and associated poverty in the developing world mainly in Africa. With its motto Making Africa Green Again and a vision to rehabilitate the environment by empowering the poor, GDF started its major integrated environmental project in Ethiopia in 2006. Since then, GDF became highly successful in a number of areas...

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