Open House with Green Ethiopia

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
Zentrum Karl der Große - Erkezimmer

Kirchgasse 14,  8001,  Zurich,  Switzerland

For our November Open House we have invited the Foundation Green Ethiopia. For the past 15 years, they have been applying an integrated approach for ecosystem restoration and improvement of livelihoods in Ethiopia, with fascinating results.
How to successfully engage subsistence farmers in rural Ethiopia for natural resource protection? Can an integrated approach start a virtuous cycle with clear ecological, social and economical benefits?
We hope you can join us for a very promising evening discussion and informal ápero.


The Open House events are a meeting point for professionals and people with an interest in the fields of Sustainability, NGOs and Philanthropy. On each session, visitors can enjoy a short presentation by an organisation selected by SUSTINOVA and, during an informal Apéro, the opportunity to connect and discuss face-to-face the work of the organisation and other overarching issues. For more information on this event series, please read here.

For the last 15 years, Green Ethiopia has been working in tight cooperation with numerous farmers, women and youth organizations, planting indigenous forest trees on the barren hills and mountainsides of rural Ethiopia. With their joint efforts, more than 5 million trees are being planted per year, bringing new life to the ecosystem and communities. Starting with the growth of these new forests, more water is retained in the soil and erosion decreases strongly. Grass growing between the tress is used as animal feed in the dry season and, as insects settle, beekeeping and honey production becomes possible. Crop yields increase in the fields at the base of the hills and, as the water levels rise, it becomes possible to grow a second crop of vegetables and fruit trees after a few years, contributing to increased food and economic security. Through complementary projects, such as providing donkeys to women to free them from carrying heavy loads, or school programs focused on water conservation and the importance of natural resources, extensive social benefits are achieved on top of the ecological ones. And, in such a way, indigenous trees help girls to attain a better education!


Time Topic Details
18:00 Opening
  • Welcoming of attendants
18:15 Start
  • Introduction by the SUSTINOVA Team
18:20 Presentation Green Ethiopia
  • Engaging subsistence farmers for natural resource protection, by Simon Pfister (Managing Director)
18:50 Discussion
  • Questions & Discussion
19:20 Apéro
  • Open discussion with the Team and Networking amongst attendants
20:00 Closing
  • Informal discussion can continue at the Bar of the Karl der Grosse (open-ended)


Entrance is free and  last-minute attendance is possible.
Advance registrations are appreciated, as it allows for better planning. Please register yourself (and your colleagues) using the form below.

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