No country in the world can match Rwanda for restoration ambition and, perhaps, need. Densely populated, deeply rural, and still in recovery from years of conflict and economic instability, Rwanda has nevertheless pledged to undertake border-to-border restoration of its land, forests and soil over the next 25 years for the future benefit of its citizens.
In 2011 this ambition was recorded in a historic two million hectare pledge to the Bonn Challenge, which, if fulfilled, would see Rwanda restore nearly three quarters of its land using a forest landscape restoration approach.
Forest restoration is an effective and comparatively low-cost means of realizing many national goals. Still, restoration on any scale, however small or large, will involve costs and expenditures. In Rwanda, where domestic budgets are relatively low, new sources of funding must be found if the high ambition is going to be met with strong implementation.
The good news is Rwanda's economy has never been stronger. Building on our on-going work with the goverment of Rwanda to facilitate large-scale forest landscape restoration, IUCN has asked, through a desk-based research study: how can the private sector be part of the restoration movement in Rwanda?
Click the links at right to:
- Read a short case study of our effort to examine the potential of the private sector to support restoration in Rwanda through return-motivated investment.
- Read the full report of our desk-based anaylsis. (Coming soon).