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POSTPONED - Drought, Trees and Sustainable Livelihoods

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Ethiopian Community in Britain

2a Lithos Road

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Reforestation and Green Growth in Ethiopia

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Drought, Trees and Sustainable Livelihoods

Gill Shepherd

Note - Event has had to be rescheduled because the COVID-19 restrictions have made it impossible for Gill Shepherd to travel to Ethiopia to complete her work.

Doors will open at 6:00pm with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits available.

Gill Shepherd has had a long-standing relationship with north east Africa. She taught as a VSO in the Sudan in the 1960s and after a PhD on coastal Kenya in the 1970s, she worked for OXFAM back in Khartoum in 1982/3, opening a new field-office and putting together a work programme which addressed issues being overlooked by other donors. This led to OXFAM support for the protection of tropical dry forests for camel and cattle herders among other things.

When the 1984/85 drought hit Ethiopia and the Sahel, and Bob Geldof raised over £20 million to help to feed people and to mitigate the effects of the drought, OXFAM recommended her to him as one of eight people to help him to spend the money wisely. She went on to have a career in the management of tropical forests, and the planting of trees for local people’s benefit. She is now a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

More recently, the need for climate change mitigation has lent even more urgency to this. In the last year or two she has been involved in evaluating Ethiopia’s success in committing to reforestation and Green Growth. The process is making a dramatic difference to the country.

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