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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. Read more...


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... Read more...

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. Read more...

Environmental Heroes Acknowledged

Ethiopia's President, Girma Woldegiorgis, handed out National Environmental Heroes awards, to institutions and individuals for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental protection and development, at a ceremony held on July 21, at the Hilton hotel. The fourth annual 2009 National Green Awards ceremony was organized by the local NGO Forum for Environment (FfE) and was attended by ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, invited guest and the media. Awards were selected through competitions that covered the entire country. Selection was made from categories such as: youth group, schools, CSOs, NGOs, the private sector, individuals and government. Wining contributions included reforestation, rehabilitation of degraded land, research, turning waste into bio-gas energy, and turning urban waste management into employment opportunity. For example, Gashaw Tahir, founder of the Greenland Foundation, is using his own finances to support a successful land rehabilitation effort in rural Ethiopia that incorporates elements of employment, education, and land use training. Read more...

Protecting Wildlife and Tourism in East Africa

The United States has stepped in to finance efforts to save one of East Africa's most prized ecosystems, the Mara River basin, which spans Kenya and Tanzania. The $3 million three-year program is financed by the United States Agency for International Development in partnership with the East African Community, a regional intergovernmental organization linking Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Read more...

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