(Xinhua) -- Rwanda has launched a campaign to
plant more than 23 million of trees in a year to guard
the country against climate change.
The campaign dubbed “Forests, the Source of Clean Air”
will see trees planted on most degraded lands and
continue to improve existing forests across the country.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Rwandan minister of
natural resources Vincent Biruta said increased forest
coverage will boost Rwanda efforts to fight climate
“Planting as more trees as we can is the best way to
manage climate change issues the world is facing.
Restoration of forests holds the potential to shield
us from the dangers of climate change,” he said.
Rwanda aims for a forest coverage of 30 percent by 2018,
a goal that is likely to be achieved earlier as the
current forest coverage stands at 29.6 percent,
according to the ministry of natural resources.
The small central African country has also committed to
restore 2 million hectares of deforested and degraded
land by 2020.
More than 700 million hectares of land are ripe for
restoration in Africa, according to analysis by World
Resources Institute and International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Rwanda’s ambitious forest restoration plan is in line
with the Bonn Challenge, a global ambition to restore
150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and
degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.
It was launched by world leaders at a ministerial
roundtable in Bonn, Germany, in September 2011.