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Last Updated
May 2023
2 Mha
Committed Area to Restore by 2030
21 %
Tree Cover
6.7 %
Forest Cover
Ferdinand Nderagakura

Ferdinand Nderagakura
AFR100 Focal Point & Specialist, Forest Landscape Restoration

Projects in Burundi

Our Approach


Steps to Success

Stakeholder involvement

Burundi has updated its NDCs and targets for climate resilience and land degradation neutrality (LDN). The LDN working group composed of government ministries/departments, universities, research institutions, Civil Society Organizations and private sector was established to enhance implementation of the defined targets at local and national levels. Members of the working group advise on best options of land restoration supportive of LDN and proceed to integrate LDN recommendation in ongoing policies and strategic programs. 

A coordinating mechanism/platform

To oversee the implementation of the LDN targets cross sectors, the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture  Livestock takes responsibilities of coordinating all the actions and programs meant to fight against degradation of landscapes or to restore degraded lands. The Ministry coordinates all the interventions related to biodiversity, forestry management, environment and climate change. LDN steering committee chairs progress of the projects implementation and related programs across landscapes and it is made by Government institutions, International partners as well as NGOs, private sector and communities. 

Capacity building

For LDN to be integrated into existing policies and strategies or programs, there is a huge need of capacity building in government agencies and institutional arrangement is also needed to reflect on prerequisites in land use, management and aligning the agencies with land restoration initiatives. Capacity building programs already put in place shall be enforced and annual planning shall be  consistently availing spaces for capacity development of relevant staff. 


LDN partnerships were created using existing commissions, platforms and partners. The working group was established and communicated among the stakeholders and every’s role to play is also clear to successfully implement the LDN targets. The validation workshops are also organized in Burundi to analyze and validate the planning documents and baseline as reference of LDN. Non-Government partners include international organizations, CSOs and Private sectors are more independent in leading the transparence  as well as implementation initiatives and projects towards land restoration and degradation neutrality.  

Key Milestones

Burundi Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

Our Vision

Burundi aims to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030 and fight against soil loss, to bring positive functions of lands at landscape level. This will increase land productivity to provide food security and reduce poverty at national level by 2030. 

Priority Interventions: 

  • Establishment and Sustainable Management of Tree Plantations
  • Protection, Natural Regeneration and Fire Protection of Parks  and Natural Reserves
  • Agroforestry Development: from mixed Tree-cop systems to Woodlots depending of degree of steepness
  • Erosion through progressive terracing with grasses/trees/shrubs planting
  • Flood control
  • Ecological agriculture
  • Gullies restoration 
  • River banks protection
  • Natural regeneration
Rusizi River
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Restoring Rusizi Basin for Resilient People and Development

The Ruzizi Basin, which covers a total surface area of and 6,057 km², is a uniquely valuable landscape. Rich in ecosystems and biodiversity, it provides key services to the region and serves as an important pillar of economic development in the basin stat


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