"African Nations Aim To Restore 100 Million Hectares of Land By 2030"

"PARIS - Ten African countries have committed to restore 31 million hectares of degraded and deforested land, under a new push to make 100 million hectares productive again by 2030.

The AFR100 scheme, launched on Sunday in Paris, will be backed by $1 billion from the World Bank and additional funds from Germany, as well as $545 million in private-sector investment.

"Restoring our landscapes brings prosperity, security and opportunity," said Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta."

Megan Rowling reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation December 6, 2015.

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn, 12/07/2015