Accra 2019 Digital Edition


Restoring Africa's Landscapes – Uniting actions from above and below

Time based on Accra (GMT)

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Meet some of our speakers

Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda

Kingdom of Buganda, Uganda

Rocky Dawuni

International Artist and Humanitarian

Joselyn Dumas

Joselyn Canfor-Dumas Foundation

Portia Adu-Mensah (Ghana Reducing Our Carbon)

Bernice Dapaah

Ghana Bamboo Bikes

Amath Pathe Sene

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Nana Ama Yirrah


Michelle Attoh

Cécile Ndjebet

African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests

Constance Okollet

Osukuru United Women’s Network (OWN)

DJ Switch

"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."

Wanjira Mathai
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 "

Paola Agostini
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."

Francine Tumushime
Minister of Lands and Forestry, Rwanda

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.

Organizations that engage with GLF



Kamal Prawiranegara

GLF Global Coordinator

Judith Marie Sonneck

GLF Assistant Coordinator


John Colmey

GLF Managing Director