GLF Accra 2019: Restoring Africa's Landscapes – Uniting actions from above and below
Join leaders and policy makers from across Africa, scientists, representatives from corporate and finance sectors, indigenous communities, youth and women’s groups, global media, and tens of thousands around the world participating in the GLF Digital Edition.LEARN MORE
Network with the people making a difference in improving lives and livelihoods. Hear updates from leaders of forest and landscape restoration initiatives on progress toward achieving the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, and the AFR100 (African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) restoration goals. Find out about impediments to success in landscape restoration and learn about strategies to overcome these barriers.
GLF Accra, held back-to-back with the Fourth AFR100 Annual Partnership Meeting, will feature success stories and effective approaches to forest and landscape restoration. Private sector representatives will discuss progress in achieving zero-deforestation commitments and advances in governance. Experts in tenure and supply chains will discuss what is working and what must change.
PEOPLE HAVE ATTENDED GLF CONFERENCES
See what happened last year in Nairobi
Planning for the future health of the planet
Meet some of our past speakers
Joselyn Canfor-Dumas Foundation
Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF)
International artist and humanitarian
I See a Different You
Gaborone Declaration For Sustainability in Africa Secretariat
This is your chance to meet with people of all ages who are working on the ground, to swap ideas and gain insights into successful, sustainable landscape restoration. Ask the finance experts questions about available, patient, long-term funding to tap into and how to make this work for your project.
Bring questions you have been saving; chances are good that at this event, you’ll meet the right people who can give you answers – on tenure, financing, supply chains, markets, and financing. Find out from successful restoration projects about the factors that helped their projects succeed – and what to avoid.
Already got some great ideas and restoration plans? GLF Accra 2019 gives you the opportunity to tell the world about them and drum up support. GLF events reach tens of thousands of people via livestreams; and reach tens of millions of people via social media. Don’t miss this opportunity.
"We must begin to address the societal values that guide us. While climate change and biodiversity loss are some of the greatest challenges of our time, addressing the selfishness and apathy of those responsible for managing our forests is equally important."
Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF)
"Africa is the continent with the best landscapes restoration opportunities . Let’s grab them and invest in the restoration of the natural capital of Africa to increase weath and reduce poverty "
World Bank Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes and Ecosytems
"We have to know that landscape restoration is an opportunity to transform people’s lives, so we need to know that smallholder farmers should be at the forefront of the whole process."
Minister of Lands and Forestry, Rwanda
Organizations that engage with GLF
What's on the agenda?
GLF Accra 2019 has an ambitious agenda that will make an insightful examination of successful, sustainable forest and landscape restoration projects throughout the continent of Africa in order to understand what approaches are effective, how these can be replicated elsewhere, and how to finance all of this work through “patient” capital, which invests with a long-term perspective. Participants will mix with speakers, experts, researchers and other delegates to learn from each other.
Sharing restoration planning insights: We will discuss best practices in restoration planning, based on experiences from such organizations as AFR100, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and International Union for Conservation of Nature and across geographical boundaries to encompass lessons from governments and local communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. What has been learned about biophysical conditions, markets, tenure, governance and finance for successful restoration? And, what is known about best practices in participatory restoration planning?
Collaboration between farmers and the private sector. Local forests and ecosystems provide livelihoods and income for farm families and communities. They are more productive when ecosystem services provided by forests are maintained and protected. Private-sector buyers all along the supply chain should be informed of this and offer appropriate incentives. What makes for successful partnerships between communities, governments and the private sector? How do these promote better livelihoods and sustainable use of landscapes?
Linking ecology and community for strong social and ecological benefits: What kinds of forestry, agroforestry and agricultural land use arrangements have helped achieve social and livelihood goals? GLF Accra will examine case studies, including initiatives that successfully deliver interventions generating strong social and environmental outcomes.
Restoration status reports: Country and regional partners and international non-governmental organizations will report on progress toward achieving restoration goals and offer ideas on what is needed to change course where necessary.
Research insights from the field: Scientists from universities and research centers in both the Global North and South will present findings on factors affecting uptake by communities of restoration investments, including tenure security, effective governance, as well as financial returns and benefits.
Youth and a vision for 2030: With the new U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration beginning in 2021, linked closely with forest and landscape restoration, hope is being renewed for an inclusive and equitable world where people of all ages can join forces. This dynamic decade could stimulate renewed collaboration across boundaries, sectors and generations to achieve sustainability for global and local landscapes.
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WHY SHOULD YOU COME?
Commitments have been made to restore 113 million hectares of land in 28 countries across Africa. GLF Accra will showcase how local communities have successfully translated restoration commitments into solutions for Africa's pressing climate and development challenges. Participants will form partnerships, forge new policies and incentives for restoration and return home with new ideas to tailor these approaches to local settings.