Land Tenure Reform in Africa and its Implication to Landscape Restoration on the Continent

In the last two decades, land reform has been carried out in many African countries. This GLF Digital Summit focuses on the impact of these policies on land tenure and resource management, and their perception by local residents in both rural and urban settings. From case studies from Rwanda, Ethiopia and Ghana, what factors are working on landscape change under land reform process will be discussed with special reference to landscape restoration.


  • Takanori Oishi
    Lecturer, African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


  • Shinichi Takeuchi
    Director, African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Teshome Emana
    Visiting Professor, African Studies Center – TUFS / Head and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University
  • Kojo Amanor
    Visiting Professor, African Studies Center – TUFS / Professor, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana


  • Denis Sonwa
    Senior Researcher, CIFOR, Cameroon
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Webinar: Agroforestry and tenure in a changing climate: key issues and opportunities ahead


Agroforestry is gaining new ground in the quest for climate-smart agriculture practices, due to its ability to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while increasing the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of rural development. However, insecure land and resource tenure is still representing a major obstacle to its promotion and upscaling. Considerable research has established that the likelihood of farmers being able to adopt and reap benefits from agroforestry increases if they have long-term, secure tenure to a sufficiently large area of land and what grows on it. Clarifying land-use policies and regulations, and securing farmers’ access to land is therefore a prerequisite for agroforestry to be widely adopted by rural communities and maximize its potential to effectively contribute to global challenges, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Join us on 29 October 2019 (16:00 – 17:30 CET) to explore how land-tenure challenges influence the adoption of agroforestry systems and how this fits in the larger framework of upscaling agroforestry. Following a general overview of the main tenure-related challenges, FAO tenure, forestry and agriculture experts will share some concrete examples from the field, jointly exploring solutions and recommendations to address and overcome tenure-related barriers to promote agroforestry adoption in different contexts, including as a mitigation measure under REDD+ and action to achieve national commitments under the Paris Agreement.

We invite you to participate interactively, post your questions and share your own views to enrich the discussion. After the webinar session and until Tuesday 5th of November exchanges on the topic will continue through the “Discussion Group on REDD+ and Forest Governance”, moderated by one of the panel members. Become a member to be able to participate in this exciting exchange of views!

In preparation for the webinar, we invite you to take a look at the publication “Agroforestry and tenure” recently released by FAO and accessible here.

Participation space for this webinar is limited. Please register here to ensure your spot.

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Toward a national forest landscape restoration strategy for Cameroon

This conversation will be conducted in French.

Forests cover 46% of Cameroon’s national territory, which hosts such diverse ecosystems that it is nicknamed “Africa in Miniature”. But Cameroon has also experienced substantial deforestation and land degradation, with causes ranging from fuel wood and charcoal extraction to infrastructure development, which has negatively impacted local livelihoods, the national economy and ecosystem services. In response, Cameroon has committed to restoring 12 million hectares of degraded lands by 2030 through the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR 100). To achieve this goal, the Ministries of Environment and Forestry have accelerated their efforts to develop a national forest land restoration strategy by the end of 2019.

Join us in this Digital Summit to better understand how national-level policies to restore the critical and diverse landscapes of the Congo Basin are made. By taking part, you’ll learn about what Cameroon is doing to ensure that the strategy considers national requirements, accommodates existing restoration projects, and is guided by best practices based on experience from around the globe.


  • Moderator: Denis Sonwa, Senior scientist at CIFOR
  • Ph.D. Bring Christophe, Head of the Studies Projects and Cooperation Division for the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (Cameroon)
  • Mikhail Mvongo Nkenne, Executive in the Cooperation and Programming Division for the Ministry of the Forest and Wildlife. (Cameroon).
  • Leonel M Tadong, Chief of Service, Follow-up and Control of the Department of Regional and Border Area Development at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (Cameroon)
  • Malin Elsen, Program supporter for the implementation of the rural development strategy and environmental forest component (ProPFE) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Vers une stratégie nationale de restauration des paysages forestiers au Cameroun

Date : 16 octobre 2019

Heure : 10h – 11h heure de Yaoundé (utilisez cet outil pour convertir votre fuseau horaire en heure locale)

Les forêts couvrent 46 % du territoire national du Cameroun, un pays qui abrite des écosystèmes si divers qu’il est souvent appellé « l’Afrique en miniature ». Cependant, le Cameroun a également connu une déforestation et une dégradation des sols importantes, allant de la récolte du bois énergie au développement des infrastructures ; ce qui a eu un impact négatif sur les moyens de subsistance locaux, l’économie nationale et les services écosystémiques. En réponse, dans le cadre de l’Initiative pour la restauration des paysages forestiers en Afrique (AFR 100), le Cameroun s’est engagé à restaurer 12 millions d’hectares de terres dégradées d’ici 2030. Pour atteindre cet objectif, les ministères de l’Environnement et des Forêts ont redoublé d’efforts pour élaborer une stratégie nationale de restauration des terres forestières d’ici la fin de 2019.

Participez à ce séminaire en ligne pour mieux comprendre comment sont élaborées les politiques nationales visant à restaurer les paysages critiques et diversifiés du bassin du Congo. En participant, vous apprendrez ce que le Cameroun fait pour faire en sorte que la stratégie tienne compte des exigences nationales, s’adapte aux projets de restauration existants et s’appuie sur les meilleures pratiques fondées sur l’expérience acquise dans le monde entier.

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