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Published on Feb 4, 2011
Visit the IUCN website here: http://iucn.org/ Rwanda is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth -- it's home to some amazing biodiversity, and its ecosystems are important far beyond its boundaries. This beauty is also functional: Rwanda's biodiversity, water and soil fertility nourish the wildlife and the people living in the area, support tea and coffee plantations and its hydrological importance spreads around the whole continent. But unsustainable farming has largely degraded the landscape, causing frequent landslides and floods and impoverishing the land and the people living in the area. An ambitious initiative aims to restore the country and reduce poverty in the region by actively improving the environment. The video was produced by John D. Liu, Senior Research Fellow at IUCN and Director of the Environmental Education Media Project.