Global Landscapes Forum Accra 2019: As it happened
On 29–30 October 2019, the Global Landscapes Forum in Accra convened in the Ghanaian capital to accelerate restoration in Africa. Titled “Restoring Africa’s Landscapes – Uniting actions from above and below,” the event saw farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, foresters, pastoralists, policymakers, royalty, and national and international leaders discuss needs and solutions for restoring Africa’s degraded landscapes to an audience of over 800 registered participants, alongside more than 5,000 online from 99 countries. The Forum reached over 17.5 million people on social media. Held back-to-back with the fourth annual partnership meeting of the continent-wide restoration initiative AFR100 and in the development process of the upcoming U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030), the two days spotlighted African restoration efforts of all scales and sizes, forming partnerships and informing mindsets to achieve more sustainable landscapes and livelihoods on the world’s largest continent.
Every song has a dance, imagine if a song on tree planting goes viral. I have a tree to plant, dig, dig and plant. A tree cannot make a forest, but many trees. One voice, one song to restore our land.
It’s easy to wait for visionary leader, but individually and in communities we can already do a lot… it’s very important to start those small movements while we wait for the large movement.
Accelerating progress towards the achievement of these noble goals is critical and requires strong partnerships at the global, regional, national & sub-national levels.
We cannot talk about gender equality without looking at the gender roles in restoration. Our lives depend on our land
Development partners need to listen, be adaptable and understand that restoration will take place in different forms and shapes according to needs, and there is no one blueprint
When we talk about a 1.5 degrees Celsius world, some people in this continent [Africa] are actually living 1.5 celsius lives.
Sometimes I think we already have everything, but failure to connect all these solutions draws us behind
Take a look back on all of the GLF Accra 2019 highlights, from inspiring video addresses to informative presentations
Integrating the many meanings of restoration, big and small
Linking local and global restoration efforts at day two of the Global Landscapes Forum Accra
Restoration festival a hit at GLF Accra11 Nov 2019
Kenya’s top young agriculturist on the future of professional farming25 Oct 2019
Photographer Laurent Baheux on his intimate ode to the African lion24 Oct 2019
African royalty, celebrities and creative leaders join smallholder farmers, scientists and activists at GLF Accra 201923 Oct 2019
The Queen’s Speech – Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda at GLF Accra 2019
Her Royal Highness the Nnabagereka of Buganda, who is Queen consort of the King of Buganda, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi ...
Restoring Africa’s Ecosystems: Photo Competition
Thank you to those who contributed to the GLF Accra Photo Competition, whether you submitted a picture or voted. It is our pleasure to showcase the winner.