Rwanda Moving Forward on Ambitious Landscape Restoration Plan
At the launch of the International Year of Forests, the Government of Rwanda, through a statement delivered by Honorable Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Environment and Lands, formally announced an ambitious plan to integrate landscape restoration into National development plans and to pursue a goal that would witness large‐scale border to border restoration of land, soil, forest and water resources for the benefit of the Rwandan population over the next twenty five years based on an Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government of Rwanda, IUCN and the United Nations Forum on Forests.
Given the ambition behind this target, over the next four to five years the Government of Rwanda in collaboration with its partners agreed to pilot how to restore the functionality, productivity and biological diversity of 5 to 6 key landscapes ( the vegetation ranges from dense equatorial forest in the north‐west of the country to tropical savannah in the east), in a way that clearly and demonstrably supports and improves rural livelihoods, not only at the individual pilot landscape level but also to support a credible national piloting process that will generate robust, evidence‐based on the policies and programmes required for Rwanda to take its landscape restoration initiative nationwide by 2015.
A detailed framework for what Rwanda needs to move forward, is in preparation and, as a starting point an international and national technical specialist workshop is being planned for July 2011, to work to produce a first draft of the RFLR framework, conduct a quick needs analysis of what is required to prepare and initiate pilot landscape action plans and map in‐country and international expertise that could be deployed in support of startupactivities in the pilot landscapes.
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