Promoting drylands restoration in Africa by changing the narratives
The Global Landscapes Forum hosted GLF Africa, a fully-online event on 2–3 June 2021 that was entirely dedicated to Africa’s drylands. The event brought together thousands of participants from 186 countries, including pastoralists, scientists, youth activists, restoration practitioners and the highest levels of government, and reached over 22 million people through social media.
Featuring 47 sessions, the release of 12 white papers, and launches of several major initiatives, the conference provided critical insights on dryland restoration for policymakers ahead of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which launched on World Environment Day, 5 June 2021. The UN Decade will accelerate action to protect, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide, including grasslands and savannas, peatlands, forests, farmlands, mountains, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems, and urban areas.
Many great speakers joined the conference, with over 200 speakers and over 15 based in Burkina-Faso, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, and Senegal.
Changing the narratives around Africa’s drylands:
While GLF gave center stage to Africa’s drylands and highlighted its value for communities across the continent, the media has a key role to play in providing a consistent source of information on these important landscapes particularly when it comes to increasing solutions-focused narratives.
- Framing the UN Decade: An African perspective on ecosystem restoration
- Voices From the Field: The s/heroes of landscape restoration (starting at 1:20:20)
- Translating global processes into action: Leveraging UN Food Systems Summit solutions in the restoration decade
- Partnering with dryland communities to overcome protracted crises: Challenges and opportunities (starting at 0:57:27)
- Whose land is it anyways? An intergenerational dialogue exploring solutions to land tenure challenges
- The Roots of Restoration: Sustainability through community-based forest landscape restoration (starting at 0:52:47)
- Scaling Finance: Restoring Africa’s drylands through private investment and local projects
- Shaping the UN Decade: Creating synergies between sectors and scales (starting at 0:56:48)
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Advisor for Environmental Affairs, Angola
Community leader, Tilli in the Upper East Region of Ghana
Vice President, Cooperative “Saving for Change called Gnabene”
Co-founder, Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO)
Founder, Clean Earth Gambia
Founder and writer, Landpages
Co-founder, Climate Change Africa and Seed Bomb Ethiopia