Rwanda wins first prize for good forestry policy

Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda

 

Rwanda has won the first prize of the 2011 Future Policy Award given to governments that put in place good policies to preserve forests. 

The prize is awarded by the World Future Council, a UN partner organization, which brings together 50 eminent personalities from around the world. 

Alexandra Wandel, the Director of the Council made the announcement of the winners in New York. 

"Despite the genocide and continuing population and land pressures, Rwanda is one of only three countries in Central and Western Africa to achieve a major reversal in the trend of declining forest cover and is on course to reach its goal of increasing its forest cover to 30 per cent of total land area by the year 2020." 

Duration: 20" 

The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy which gives ownership of forests to local communities, and the United States Lacey Act banning the import of illegally harvested timber, shared the Silver Award.

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