The Rwandan Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) in cooperation with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Wageningen University, based on funding support by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) are organising an International Knowledge-Sharing Workshop on “Forest Landscape Restoration and Global Change: From Policy to Practice” in Kigali, Rwanda from 26 to 27 July, 2016.
The workshop, which will take place in conjunction with a Bonn Challenge EAC+ High Level Meeting, will bring together experts from Africa and overseas, to exchange latest knowledge and experiences with initiating and facilitating forest landscape restoration (FLR) projects in the region. Given the considerable current political momentum and commitment towards Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) by global and national policy makers, there is a need to discuss and to further develop approaches and mechanisms of FLR implementation on the ground.
The 2-day knowledge-sharing event (by invitation only) aims at sharing and discussing latest globally and regionally available scientific and technical knowledge on the multi-fold aspects of restoring forests and landscapes for the benefits of people, nature and climate. The topics to be discussed will cover a wide spectrum of issues ranging from participatory planning, landscape governance, institutional arrangements and regulatory frameworks, to market mechanisms, funding, and technical aspects of FLR operations on the ground.
Overall, the workshop should help participants to make connections to other FLR experts in the region and further stimulate the exchange of information and experiences, thus contributing to mainstreaming FLR practices in Africa, and to feedback into the Bonn challenge regional and sub- regional policy dialogues.