Landscape Roundtable: Insights from The African Landscape Action Plan, Phase 3

Join us for the next Landscape Roundtable convened by FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners discussing the soon to be released Phase 3 of the African Landscape Action Plan (ALAP), which lays out a strategy for achieving sustainable development in Africa through integrated landscape management (ILM). African leaders of the November 2019 African Landscape Dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania, will provide insights on recent progress and the recommendations for action developed during the Dialogue, around landscape partnerships and governance, achieving biodiversity conservation and climate-smart agriculture through ILM, business and finance, land use planning, and policy.

Register for the event here.

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Solutions for Resilience – How are Forest and Farm Producer Organizations and Smallholders responding to COVID-19?

Coordinator: Forest and Farm Facility, FAO

Co-organizing institutions: AgriCord, IIED, IUCN, UNDFF, ESP, FAO, Napo Provincial Government of Ecuador, Forest and Farm Producer Organizations, Global Landscapes Forum


Smallholder Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) from across the globe will share the innovative solutions they are implementing in response to the COVID-19 crisis to build more resilient communities. For example, the pandemic has put a strain on forests as places of leisure and refuge from urban life, increased pressure on ecosystem preservation services, and delivered a shock to the timber industry. In order to prevent extreme disruption from future crises or pandemics, actions taken now must build long-term, multi-dimensional resilience. Combating desertification and saving our forests may save us from the next pandemic.

Solutions and strategies to be discussed in this session include managing risks and maintaining the functionality of smallholder production systems, improving market access, diversifying livelihoods, developing social and cultural services, forming financial building blocks such as savings and loans, improving access to finance, and building on traditional knowledge. For example, one innovative solution that will be presented is the landscape scale branding of baskets of products based on indigenous management systems in Ecuador, also known as the “Chakra” label.

This session is part of COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week. During this series, presenters will assess the impacts of the pandemic on people and forests, and identify and discuss possible responses that help mitigate impacts on people.

Languages: English, Spanish and French

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Protect and Preserve Nature, the Source of Human Health

The webinar will be opened by WWF Director-General, Mr Marco Lambertini, CBD Executive-Secretary, Ms Elizabeth Mrema and WHO Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health Dr Maria Neira.

It will feature an expert discussion to present the WHO Manifesto for a Healthy Recovery from COVID-19, introduce new WHO Guidance on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Nutrition and Health, and provide an opportunity to discuss biodiversity, infectious diseases and sustainable food systems.  A lively discussion will follow with a range of development and humanitarian organizations on health and food systems issues. 

You can find more information on the webinar here and you can register here.

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Bamboo and Environmental Management (thematic webinar series)

INBAR’s themed online webinar series brings bamboo and rattan experts from all over the world together to educate, inspire and discuss, without the need for travel. Click the links below to learn more, join events remotely, or to catch up on webinars that have already happened

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UN World Ocean’s Day

Join the United Nations World Oceans Day virtual event in celebration of the 2020 theme, Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. Produced in partnership with the non-profit organization Oceanic Global, UN World Oceans Day 2020 will be a day-long event featuring keynote speeches, panels, and presentations with leading ocean voices.

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