Proclamation creating the Ministry of Environment and Forestry

The proclamation creates the ‘Ministry of Environment and Forestry’; and amends the designation ‘Ministry of Urban Development and Construction’ and ‘Ministry of Water and Energy’. It considers that to expand farm land and increase forest coverage it is necessary to separate the Forest area from the Ministry of Agriculture. Therefore, the provision gives to the Ministry of Environment and Forest the powers and duties previously given to the Ministry of Agriculture with respect to matters relating to forestry issues.

In its preamble, the proclamation states that industrialised nations will help Ethiopia to decarbonise its economy. It also says the EPA must be elevated to an executive level in order to promote a green economy and climate change resiliency.

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