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Greening Rwanda: Turning Dialogue into Action

14th September 2018

EcoPlanet Bamboo participating in Greening Rwanda Dialogue.

EcoPlanet Bamboo participating in Greening Rwanda Dialogue.

EcoPlanet Bamboo participating in Greening Rwanda Dialogue.

Financing a Green Rwanda - a cross-sectoral dialogue on Greening Rwanda hosted by the Ministry of Lands and Forestry, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) took place in Kigali today.

The need for a cross-sectoral dialogue came from a recently concluded assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, 2017) entitled “Review of Policies, Programs and Investment Incentives in Forest Landscape Restoration in Rwanda”. The Assessment found a significant gap in sector collaboration to implement policies at all levels, limited synergies between various institutions and deficiencies in Monitoring and Evaluation of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Rwanda. 

Stakeholders were convened across different sectors to exchange views and come up with concrete recommendations on coordination and sustainable options to green Rwanda. EcoPlanet Bamboo represented private sector interests in the dialogue and stressed the need for blended financing options to make green investments more attractive to the private sector for large scale forest landscape restoration programs. To date, most financing for green projects has been directed at non-profit work but there is a shifting understanding that more focus needs to be placed on triple bottom line companies to secure long term sustainable results.

Rwanda has played an active role in driving the FLR agenda forward, and been an early mover and example of achieving commitments made under the AFR100 program. Bamboo has the potential to play an important role in these integrated landscapes, not only restoring forest cover, but providing a much needed source of sustainable fiber and biomass.

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EcoPlanet Bamboo participating in Greening Rwanda Dialogue.

EcoPlanet Bamboo participating in Greening Rwanda Dialogue.