Name: Habtemariam Abate
Organisation: Sustainable Land Use Forum (SLUF)
Role: Executive Director
Webpage: http://www.sluf.org.et/

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

Rapid chages in the state our environment compared to what I saw in the early days of my childhood

What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?

I am an environmental activist currently concerned mainly by the changing climate

What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?

I will continue to actively involve in international climate negotiations and try to mainstream climate change into regional, national and local development policies and programmes

How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?

I am highly optimistic that actions will be taken by both international and local governments to save humanity from catastrophic effects of climate change as in my opinion the agenda has received priority by all concerned including high level policy making bodies as demonistrated in Cop 15 by the presence of more than 120 head of states of our globe in Hopenhagen.

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