Editorial: Africa should fast track green cover restoration

Investing in forest and landscape restoration as well as ensuring their sustainability will improve livelihoods of African people.

The call was made by experts during a two-day Forest and Landscape Investment Forum in Kigali on Tuesday. The experts called for investments to make green cover of more than 100 million hectares of degraded forests and land on the continent.

The call by experts is a reminder for the continent to reflect on the importance of environmental protection to achieve sustainable development.

African governments should indeed take measures to implement these recommendations because climate change effects pose a big challenge to Africa’s future. The growth of the continent will largely depend on the success in mitigating climate change effects.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 – calls for halting and reversing land and natural habitat degradation; and the Bonn Challenge – to restore 350 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land by 2030.

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