IISD-Kigali Declaration Increases Forest Landscape Restoration Commitments in Africa


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27 July 2016: Thirteen African country representatives and stakeholders participating in the 'Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable' adopted the 'Kigali Declaration on Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa,' which reaffirms and increases commitments to the Bonn Challenge, an initiative aiming to restore 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030 through forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities.



According to a press release by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), new pledges made at the opening of the meeting took "global FLR commitments to 100 million hectares."



The Roundtable and an International Knowledge Sharing Workshop on FLR held in parallel were hosted by the Government of Rwanda, in collaboration with the East African Community (EAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The events convened from 26-27 July 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss elements for successful FLR implementation, including policy, finance opportunities and assessment of FLR opportunities. Participants also exchanged experiences regarding FLR work being undertaken and identified opportunities for collaboration within Africa.



The resulting Kigali Declaration recognizes that FLR is critical to achieving sustainable development through the maintenance and rebuilding of natural capital, ensuring benefits for both rural and urban communities. It also recognizes that FLR can help realize, inter alia, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and offers multiple benefits that align African economic growth and poverty reduction plans, including the African Union's Agenda 2063.


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