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Uganda pledges at COP21

During COP 21 in Paris last year, at the Global Landscape Forum. African countries launched the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) to restore over 100 million of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2030. Uganda pledged to restore 2.5 million hectares, while Uganda Youth Go Green planning to plant 10 million trees in the next 5 years a very ambitious target.  The AFR100 is derived from the commitments made by African countries, which are also included in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions that include conservation and restoration of forests. A plan by Uganda National Forestry Authority 2011/12 – 2021/22 shows that in the last 15 years 1.3 million hectares were lost, this figure is expected to increase due to a number of factors including demographic, economic, social and environmental. If only the above pledge would easily be integrated in the already set national mitigation actions, I guess COP 21 pledges were a band wagon effect as most of commi…