UNESCO to become official technical partner in forest restoration in Africa
With ecological restoration being one of the key issues of its Lima Action Plan 2016-2025, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves has joined AFR 100, the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.
AFR100 is a partnership of more than 20 African governments and numerous partners to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. The effort is in line particularly with UNESCO’s on-going “Biosphere and Lake Chad Heritage (BIOPALT)”, which is engaged in pilot actions of ecological restoration and ecosystem rehabilitation as well as promotion of green economies in five countries (Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic). This action also needs capacity building. With this regards, it is worth noting that 40th UNESCO general conference has approved the “International Centre for Capacity Development: Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Societal Change” in Reykjavik, Iceland as a Category 2 under the auspices of UNESCO. The Center will bring four existing training programmes providing 6-month practical training, including the Land Restoration Training Programme with a specific focus on increasing capacities of developing countries in their respective fields of action.