Showcasing existing national environment and Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) monitoring frameworks, identify some monitoring platforms and processes to contribute to the national FLR progress reporting as well as identify lessons learned, gaps, and the way forward for FLR monitoring in Kenya.
The keynote speakers are Prof Hamadi Boga: Principal Secretary – State Department for Crop Development and Agricultural Research and Dr. Chris Kiptoo: Principal Secretary – Ministry of Environment and Forestry. We will also have speakers from the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), Council of Governors (CoG), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), Global EverGreening Alliance (GEA) and World Resources Institute (WRI).
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI21), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, fully virtual that will take place from 19-22 April 2021. Due to its new format and the time difference between the different regions of the world, adjustments have been made to the current agenda.
It is jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Science-Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (SPI UNCCD).
The main objective will be to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.
INBAR will be hosting a side event at this Forum: ‘From policy to action: forest and economic revival with bamboo‘. The event will draw on two thematic priorities of UNFF16: ‘Enhancing forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits’ and ‘Reversing the loss of forest cover’.
This side event will present three case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, about the use of bamboo for forest and landscape restoration, and as a tool for livelihood and poverty reduction. The case studies will focus specifically on: product innovations and industrial value chains in Asia; energy value chain in Africa; and bamboo housing in Latin America.
The event will have one keynote speech, and three expert speakers. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.
The Philippines is in a strategic position to respond not only to the Bonn Challenge but also to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021 to 2030.
The Decade is designed as the global movement that can end poverty, hunger, malnutrition, gender inequality and the degradation of ecosystems by harnessing the power of nature and local communities.
To showcase and consolidate the Philippines’ accomplishments and potentially set a national restoration agenda to which all stakeholders are committed, a webinar series and conference-workshop are proposed.
The webinars will discuss the forestland restoration (FLR) concept in the context of the Philippines (first webinar); the experiences of various groups in implementing FLR in the country (second and third webinars); and funding mechanisms and opportunities for FLR (fourth webinar).
A conference-workshop will follow the series to identify opportunities and mechanisms to cascade national FLR targets to local levels, building on existing restoration initiatives.
The webinars are knowledge-intensive and provide a platform to share experience, highlight challenges and limitations, and take an inclusive approach to identify options for the Philippines’ participation in these important international movements. The conference-workshop will serve as the culminating activity, with an end goal of setting a common national restoration agenda.
Over 40 percent of the world’s population is affected by land degradation.
Land degradation threatens food security, fuels violent conflict, drives biodiversity loss and contributes to the climate crisis through carbon and nitrous oxide emissions. It costs the global economy around USD 6–10 trillion per year, or roughly 10 percent of gross world product.
One of the most promising solutions to land degradation is forest and landscape restoration (FLR), which aims to regain ecological functionality and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded landscapes. More than 2 billion hectares of such landscapes stand to be restored globally. However, FLR implementation still remains far below the level needed to address land degradation on a global scale.
On 29 April 2021, the Global Landscapes Forum will organize a digital forum on FLR hosted jointly by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). This event will help increase understanding in three key areas where FLR can make significant contributions: climate mitigation and adaptation, job creation, and reducing threats to biodiversity. It will also provide an opportunity to showcase the role of partnerships and collaboration in successful FLR.
AFR100 Focal Points and partners will participate in the 2021 AFR100 Annual Partnership Meeting in-person in Kigali, Rwanda and through an online interactive platform. Building up to the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the meeting will aim to scale up restoration across the alliance’s 30 member countries.