Towards a Coordinated Coordinated Action for Forest and Landscape Restoration in Rwanda
On 11 & 12 June , Net-Positive Solutions attended "Towards a Coordinated Coordinated Action for Forest and Landscape Restoration in Rwanda" as financial specialists. The objectives of the workshop were to: - Ensure that key stakeholders share a common conceptual knowledge and understanding of activities, needs and opportunities for more sustainable agricultural production and natural resources management in Rwanda; - Agree on a shared roadmap to move forward the agenda and the preparation of Coordinated Action Plans for FLR and SFA, focusing in particular on appropriate institutional mechanisms and on developing a resource mobilization strategy. Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR): FLR has been identified by the Government of Rwanda and its partners as one of the key approaches for sustainable land management and for the achievement of agricultural sustainability. FLR is based on a number of principles including (i) Look ”forward” to meet current and future needs: (ii) Focus on landscapes; (iii) Restore functionality to deliver multiple benefits; (iv) Combine different interventions; (v) Involve stakeholders; (vi) Adapt to local and changing conditions; (vii) Reduce loss of natural systems. In 2011, Rwanda committed to restore 2 million hectares of degraded land as a pledge toward the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020. This targets restoration across the whole country. To meet this commitment, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), through the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA) and other agencies have been working to further FLR, in collaboration with several partners. In order to specifically assess restoration potential in the country, to build capacity and to chart the way forward to achieve wide-scale restoration, a detailed Restoration Opportunities Assessment was carried with the support of IUCN and WRI and was finalized in September 2014. This work contributed to the further development of the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) that is now being road tested elsewhere. One of the key findings of the assessment is that 1.1 million ha has the potential to be restored through agroforestry. A growing coalition of partners, including FAO, IUCN, WRI, CDI-Wageningen and others, are coming together to support Rwanda to address this challenge.