Soils are crucial for a vast number of essential ecosystem services. They provide the basis for more than 95% of the food produced in the world and support the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and agricultural workers. The accelerated degradation of soil and land constitutes an important threat and is widely accepted as the most critical factor in limiting agricultural production in certain regions of the world. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration represents an opportunity to build synergies, coordinate efforts and ensure that investments channeled through global calls for action live up to their stated goals
Articulated around three distinct sessions, this segment focuses on sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration by analysing their linkages from the global to the local level. With soils representing a substantial part of the solution in ensuring food security and mitigation to climate change, we are looking forward to working together to determine under which conditions restoration efforts can benefit the most vulnerable groups and increase the resilience of smallholder farming communities. Participants will dive into the multilateral process of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, explore how the potential of carbon sequestration projects can be unlocked, and finally discuss how innovative and inclusive land rights recognition initiatives can be successful.
Building on a participatory process, this segment seeks to include perspectives from around the globe. We wish to engage an audience of practitioners and researchers to share the knowledge and lessons learnt from existing and new networks.
Session 1: Soils and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – 60 min
This session aims to link actors from the sustainable land management, land governance and soil science nexus to discuss the gap between project implementation and global agendas. It is dedicated to exploring issues such as the recognition of smallholder farmers as local change agents/stewards of restoration, the importance of existing tenure systems and rights in the context of an increasing demand for land resources, and the risks related to investments in large-scale restoration efforts.
- Annalisa Mauro, Global Network Coordinator, International Land Coalition (ILC)
- Susan Chomba, Project Manager, ICRAF
- Martin Yemefack, Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, FAO
- Concluding remarks: Tim Christophersen, Head of Nature for Climate Branch, UNEP
Facilitated by Alexander Müller, Managing Director (TMG Research)
This session will be a panel discussion between the three speakers, who will each provide a 5-minute introductory statement, followed by a Q&A involving the participants (methodology and format are subject to change).
Session 2 : Soil Organic Carbon: How can smallholder farming communities benefit from carbon sequestration projects? – 90 min
The sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in soil organic carbon (SOC) is increasingly regarded as a nature-based solution, able to both provide mitigation benefits and enhance food security through improved soil fertility. Yet, the deployment of initiatives linking sustainable land management practices (SLM) and carbon sequestration remains limited in practice.
In this session we will reflect on how soil organic carbon projects can be of benefit to smallholder farming communities, strengthen their resilience and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. We will do so by closely looking at the different components of carbon sequestration projects, for which REDD+ initiatives provide a rich pool of experiences that can inform the design and implementation of future action. Particular attention will be given to explore if and how digital and social innovations can complement each other in the development of novel approaches.
- Leigh Winowiecki, Soil and Land Health Leader, CIFOR / ICRAF
- Peter Wachira, Programme Advisor, Vi Agroforestry
Facilitated by TMG Research
This session will be a facilitated and interactive discussion with the three speakers, who will each provide a 5-minute introductory statement. Using digital whiteboards, participants will be able to provide observations and submit questions in real-time on the different components of carbon sequestration projects (methodology and format are subject to change).
Session 3: “Measuring Progress” on Gender & Land Tenure – 60 min
Part of the “Measuring Progress” learning track, this session will present innovative social and technical aspects of land rights recognition in Kenya and Burkina Faso. By recognising the centrality of secured land rights, creative, cost-effective and community-driven solutions to rural governance issues have the potential to overcome structural barriers to sustainable land management. The presenters will describe how complementary instruments to land law such as intra-household tenure agreement and community-led land lease guidelines can reduce the gender gap in land policy implementation and contribute to enhancing the food security of smallholder farming communities.
- Violet Shivutse, Founder and Coordinator, Shibuye Community Health Workers
- Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Project Coordinator, TMG Research
Facilitated by TMG Research
This session will consist of three 10 minute presentations, with a reserved time slot for a Q&A between the participants and the speakers(methodology and format are subject to change).