in Developing AIZON Projects in Ethiopia
The expansion of the project is at present
limited by the terms of the lease offered by the Ethiopian
authorities. Sofar, the
local authorities have provided only a 5 years lease term
for the arboretum land and a 3 year lease term for the library.
Both leases are too short for the plantation of fruit trees
or the establishment of a library. AIZON's founders are taking
the risk of proceeding with the arboretum project counting
on the reasonable judgment of the Ethiopian authorities that
the lease terms will change when the project demonstrates
results. Although, the library project has been put on hold
the design for the library building, using local construction
material, has been completed.