More than 5.6 billion tree seedlings are set for planting across the nation this rainy season, said Ethiopian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
State Minister Qare Qewecha said consolidated forestry development works will be carried out this season.
As he told the participants on the International Environmental Protection Day observed at a national level in Assosa, over 5.6 billion tree seedlings are prepared to be planted across the country during this rainy season to restore the natural resources of the country.
Planting has already started in some localities, he added.
Qare noted that Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a heritage to pass to generations and the environmental protection project is meant to safeguard it against silt.