• Day 1: Wednesday, 29 August 2018
  • 16:00-17:30

4 parallel Discussion Forums

For agriculture to be part of the solution to slow the degradation and clearing of tropical forests and to enhance tree cover in agricultural and degraded landscapes, policies, incentives, and actions will be needed to transform value chains for commodities. This session will stimulate discussions on forward-looking lessons and recommendations derived from the World Bank PROFOR-funded study, “Leveraging agricultural value chains to enhance tropical tree cover and slow deforestation – LEAVES.” The study focused on six commodity production systems (coffee, cocoa, beef, soybean, oil palm, and shea butter) and their impacts on deforestation or restoration of tree cover in deforested landscapes.

The new “LEAVES” paradigm shifts the focus to those innovators among governments, farmers, rural communities, researchers, NGOs, and companies that are finding local solutions and opportunistically tapping into relevant international strategies and programs. The lessons the LEAVES study provides can help harness decades of experience and lessons-learned from East Asia and Latin America for guiding properly adapted best practice approaches to mitigate predictable and/or unintended tradeoffs of increasing agricultural productivity and conserving forests and woodlands in Africa.


Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Peter Minang, Leader, Greening Tree Crop Landscapes, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Emmanuel Ndorimana, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Burundi

Carol Mwape Zulu, Environmental and Social Inclusion Specialist, Zambia

Roberto Zolho, Sr. Natural Resources Management Specialist, National Sustainable Development Fund, Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER), Mozambique

Nora Berrahmouni, Sr. Forestry officer at FAO Regional Office for Africa

Frank Place, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets

Salina Abraham, Youth Coordinator, GLF

Mi Hyun Miriam Bae, Sr. Social Development Specialist, IFC

William Kwende, Chairman, AgriTech, Burkina Faso

Florence Nkemakonam Anagbogu, NEWMAP, Nigeria

Philippe Dardel, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist, World Bank

Irene Ojuok, National Technical Specialist, Environment and Climate change (FMNR expert), World Vision International

Focal Point: Ana Maria Paez-Valencia, ICRAF

Presentation: World Bank funded study: leveraging agricultural value chains to enhance tropical tree cover and slow 

Restoration initiatives come in many sizes and shapes and take place in different environmental and socio-political landscapes. Evidence and experiences have shown that safeguarding the rights of local communities and promoting the voice and influence of their members in an equitable manner must be central in restoration to avoid perpetuating inequalities, to incentivize women and men to contribute to restoration efforts and to provide greater opportunities and enhanced wellbeing for women and men alike.

The objective of this interactive discussion forum is to extract, share and discuss concrete actions and conditions that have hindered or facilitated success in terms of rights, equality and wellbeing of local and indigenous women and men. The forum will feature three different restoration initiatives from East Africa, each presented by a restoration expert with practical experience from the field, followed by interaction with participants. The discussion will also sow the seeds for building an empirically grounded framework for understanding progress – or regression – in terms of equality and inclusion in the context of forest and landscape restoration, and provide guidance on how to integrate robust socioeconomic targets and indicators in national and global restoration efforts.


Solange Bandiaky-Badji, RRI

Janet Kabeberi Macharia , UN Environment

Ross Conroy, Komaza

Cecile Ndjebet, REFACOF

Marlène Elias, Bioversity International

Caroline Nguru, Nairobi Water Fund

Celine Butali, Vi Agroforestry



RRI publications

Legislative Best Practices for Securing Women’s Rights to Community Land

Launched this year, the brief highlights key attributes of national constitutions, laws, and regulations that play a fundamental role in protecting indigenous and  rural women’s rights to community forests and  other community lands.

Power and Potential: A Comparative Analysis of National Laws and Regulations Concerning Women’s Rights to Community Forests.

A 2017 analysis of over 400 national laws and regulations, which evaluates the extent to which women’s rights to community forests are recognized by national law in 30  low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Video on Power and Potential 

Catalyzing Gender-Forests Actions | Profor Catalyzing Gender-Forests Actions . CHALLENGE. Taking gender into consideration in relation to forests mattersbecause how, why and where men and women access, use and manage forests differs. Being inspired by gender actions in forest landscapes around the world.

Indigenous peoples have been engaging in relevant processes on sustainable development since the Earth Summit (Rio Conference) in 1992. The main advocacy agenda of indigenous peoples in these processes are the respect, protection and fulfillment of the rights of indigenous peoples as affirmed by the UN Declaration on the Rights of indigenous Peoples; as well as the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the development, implementation, monitoring and review process of actions plans and programmes on sustainable development at all levels.

The main mechanism of engagement is the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) which is a forum for coordination and planning. The IPMG sustained its engagement in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This was coordinated officially by two Organizing Partners (OPs) accredited by UNDESA as part of the nine recognized Major Groups that can officially participate in the SDG processes at the global level.

These organizations are Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy Research and Education) and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), both of which also act as the facilitators/co-convenors. The IPMG maintains a global list-serve and the regional OP focal points.

Information sharing, feedback and recommendations are forwarded to the global IP-OPs for consideration on proposals and position papers submitted by the IPMG to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda processes.

After a two-year process of consultations and negotiations, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 with 17 Goals and 169 Targets.

Indigenous peoples are mentioned six times in the 2030 Agenda, and most of the goals and targets are relevant for indigenous peoples.

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national, regional and global levels is very critical for indigenous peoples.  It provides opportunities, as well as threats for the respect, recognition and protection of indigenous peoples, as well as in pursuing their self-determined development. The sustained engagement of indigenous peoples to the 2030 Agenda at all levels is therefore important for indigenous peoples to not be “left behind.”

Based on the above, it is crucial to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) as the main mechanism for coordination and concerted efforts to advance the rights and development priorities of indigenous peoples at all levels.

In this context, the IPMG in April 2017 formally established the Global Coordinating Committee (GCC) as the mechanism for global coordination, composed of seven regional focal organizations with designated focal persons and representatives of indigenous women and youth and the two convenors of the IPMG. It has also reached out to indigenous peoples’ organizations to become as affiliate members of the IPMG. As of June 2017 there are 50 affiliate members.

Speakers and topics:
Gertrude Kenyangi (IPMG): restoration and indigenous women
Basiru Isa (IPMG): restoration in Africa and impacts on indigenous peoples – successes and failures
Habte Kassa (CIFOR): Scientific observations related to restoration in Africa and rights

The landscape approach is a complex issue that requires doers. It is like raising a child for which there is no roadmap, only requires a skill set and learning by doing. IDH and partners will use the discussion forum to unpack the complexity of the landscape approach as applied across the 12 landscapes in 8 countries with a specific focus on the experiences from the South West Mau Landscape. Please join this exciting discussion based on the following sessions:


Discussion: IDH Global Landscapes Program
Style:Ted Talk
Time:15 Minutes
Lead: JORDY VAN HONK, Program Director Landscapes Africa and Tea

Discussion: About the ISLA Kenya partnership in the SW Mau
Style: Video
Time: 5 Minutes
LeadWINNIE MWANIKI,Senior Program Manager, ISLA Kenya

Discussion:The SW Mau Landscape Experience
Style: Panel discussion with stakeholders from Private sector, Government, Community Reps and Implementing partners
Time: 30 Minutes
LeadDR LANG’ATSenior Stakeholder Manager, ISLA Kenya

Discussion: Q & A session
Style: ‘Fish Bowl’
Time: 30 Minutes
Lead:WINNIE MWANIKI,Senior Program Manager, ISLA Kenya