African Restoration Initiative unveiled to restore 100 million hectares of forest

Dec 7, 2015 13:00 IST

A coalition of African countries and donors on 6 December 2015 unveiled African Restoration Initiative (AFR100) on the sidelines of a conference of the 195-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris.

The ambitious initiative looks forward to restore 100 million hectares (250 million acres) of degraded and deforested land by 2030. AFR100 initiative aims at nurturing forest re-growth that becomes a powerful carbon sink, absorbing climate-altering carbon dioxide, and provides a livelihood for the rural poor.

Ten African countries, nine financial partners and 10 technical support partners have pledged support. 10 African countries that agreed to join AFR100 initiative include Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda.

Backers include the African Union, the German ministry for economic cooperation and development and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US non-profit group.

The AFR100 initiative also backs the 2011 Bonn Declaration of restoring 150 million hectares of land by 2020. It also backs the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests, which extends the objective to 350 million hectares by 2030.

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