April 20, 2024

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IUCN’s Unveiling Visit to Burundi – Paving the Way for Environmental Progress

The IUCN delegation, headed by the Regional Director, Luther Anukur recently visited Burundi to meet with Hon. Ir Proposper DODIKO, the Minister for Environment, Agriculture, and Livestock. The purpose of the visit was to discuss environmental concerns and potential collaborative efforts to address them.

Other members of IUCN delegation that was in Burundi include Mr. Charles Karangwa, IUCN Global Head of Nature based Solutions Management Hub and Ms. Kaori Yasuda, IUCN Rwanda Country Representative.

The courtesy call was welcomed by Hon. Ir Proposper DODIKO, who expressed his gratitude for the IUCN’s interest in Burundi’s environmental challenges. The Minister emphasized the need for international cooperation to tackle issues such as deforestation, soil erosion and climate change, which have significant impacts on Burundi’s agricultural sector.

TOP AFRICA NEWS has learnt that Key areas of collaboration discussed included: Forest Landscapes Restoration, Protected & Conserved Areas Management, Integrated Water Resources Management, Biodiversity conservation, Human wildlife conflict especially in the Ruzizi National Park which is also a Ramsar Site and Nature-based Solutions.

During the meeting, the IUCN delegation shared their expertise and insights on sustainable agriculture practices and conservation strategies. They also highlighted the importance of preserving Burundi’s rich biodiversity and natural resources. The delegation praised the government’s recent efforts to protect endangered species and promote sustainable land use.

The IUCN delegation pledged to provide technical expertise and resources to support the government’s efforts, while the Minister assured the delegation that Burundi would continue to prioritize environmental conservation and sustainable development.

This visit by the IUCN delegation marks a significant step towards strengthening the relationship between Burundi and the international community in addressing environmental concerns. It highlights the shared commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development for the benefit of current and future generations.

Burundi is a state member of IUCN and a signatory to the Bonn Challenge, a global initiative to restore 350 million hectares.

The country has committed to restore 2million hectares under Bonn Challenge and AFR100

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