Agenda

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07:30-08:45
Registration LIVE NOW
UNON Entrance Gate
09:00-10:30
Parallel Sessions LIVE NOW
10:30-11:00
Structured networking and coffee break LIVE NOW
Garden and Tent
11:00-12:30
Voices of the Landscape Plenary LIVE NOW
Conference Room 2
  • Esther Mwangi

    Principal Scientist
    Center for International Forestry Research

12:30-13:45
Lunch, networking/exhibition, etc. LIVE NOW
Garden and Tent
Ministerial Luncheon (closed session) LIVE NOW
VIP Tent
14:00-15:30
Opening Plenary LIVE NOW
Conference Room 2
  • Erik Solheim

    Executive Director
    UN Environment

  • Francine Tumushime

    Minister of Lands and Forestry
    Rwanda

  • Stefan Schmitz

    Deputy Director-General and Commissioner
    "One World - No Hunger" Initiative - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Ina-Marlene Ruthenberg

    Country Manager for Zambia
    World Bank

  • Mohammed Elmi

    Chief Administrative Secretary
    Ministry of Environment and Forests, Kenya

  • Robert Nasi

    Director General
    Center for International Forestry Research

  • Musonda Mumba

    Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit (TEU)
    UN Environment

15:30-16:00
Structured Networking and coffee break LIVE NOW
Garden and Tent
Possible Press Conference LIVE NOW
16:00-17:30
Parallel Sessions LIVE NOW
17:30-17:45
Break LIVE NOW
17:45-19:15
Parallel Sessions LIVE NOW
19:15-21:00
GLF Evening Reception LIVE NOW
Garden and Tent
Nairobi time (GMT+3)
07:30-08:45
Registration LIVE NOW
UNON Entrance Gate
09:00-10:30
Parallel Sessions LIVE NOW
10:30-11:00
Coffee break/structured networking LIVE NOW
Garden and Tent
11:00-12:30
Parallel Sessions LIVE NOW
12:30-13:45
Lunch; networking/exhibition, etc. LIVE NOW
14:00-14:45
Finance Plenary: Unlocking private capital to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes LIVE NOW
Conference Room 2
  • Ulrich Apel

    Land Degradation Focal Area Coordinator
    Global Environment Facility

  • Satya S. Tripathi

    Senior Adviser for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    UN Environment

  • Ladé Araba

    Africa Region Representative
    Convergence Finance

  • Hans Loth

    Global Head UNEP Partnership
    Rabobank Group Executive

  • John Agboola

    Agriculturalist and Farmer from Nigeria
    Youth Representative

  • Joyce Msuya

    UN Environment Deputy Executive Director
    Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

14:45-15:30
Gender roles and implications for landscape restoration LIVE NOW
Conference Room 2
  • Musonda Mumba

    Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit (TEU)
    UN Environment

15:30-16:00
Structured networking and coffee break LIVE NOW
Garden and Tent
16:00-17:30
Parallel Sessions LIVE NOW
17:30-17:45
Break LIVE NOW
17:45-19:15
Policy Plenary followed by Closing Plenary LIVE NOW
Conference Room 2
  • Policy Plenary LIVE NOW
  • Closing Plenary LIVE NOW
    • Felipe Jaramillo

      Country Director for Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda
      World Bank

    • Joy Abraham

      Communication officer
      The Centre for Earth Works (CFEW)

    • Robert Nasi

      Director General
      Center for International Forestry Research

19:15-21:00
Performance by Rocky Dawuni LIVE NOW
UNON Helipad
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Session 1: More than wood: Sustainable Land Use and Livelihoods - 17:45-19:15Recorded

Conference room 2
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Session 2: Keeping with nature: landscape restoration balancing people and nature - 09:00-10:30Recorded

Conference room 2
  • This talk will present how estimating restoration needs at national level is crucial for policy makers to address the degradation process that their land is facing. The focus will be on: The limitations of the sectoral approach as a response to the key development issues at national and local levels The implications of maintaining ecosystem […]

  • The Word Bank has invested in over 200 projects with SLM components for $12b in the last 10 years. Through the TerrAfrica platform communities of practice are formed that will exchange knowledge, collaborate through south-south exchanges, and showcase local champions, that are recognized at events like the GLF for their success in restoring landscapes to […]

    • Amos Abu

      Senior Environmental Specialist
      World Bank

  • If a forest of indigenous trees is created from scratch by humans (as to opposed to enrichment planting in an existing forest), can it ever be or become a ‘natural forest’? How many years does it take to reach a state that can be described as restored rather than under restoration? We give an example of […]

  • I will show how spontaneous and assisted natural regeneration of forest promotes cultural values, conserves biodiversity, and achieves large-scale recovery of forest and landscape functions at lower cost than planting trees. Examples will include farmer-managed natural regeneration and assisted natural regeneration in buffer zones of protected areas and biological corridors in mosaic landscapes. 

  • Cambisol develops a biodegradable cardboard product to stop erosion, increase water infiltration and kickstart a new ecosystem. This by re-inventing a traditional terracing method as soil and water conservation measure to start our mission of regreening the degraded lands of Africa and reverse the process of deforestation and land degradation. The kickstarter product is ‘demand-driven’ […]

  • This Talk will present efforts to address the multifaceted problems related to natural resource degradation, rural poverty, nutrition and food security. In the process, communities’ behavior towards the conservation of the reserves changed, shade-grown coffee adopted by farmers to bring multiple wins for the environment and the Batwa indigenous group’s livelihoods transformed.

  • This talk will present the win-win-win-win situation of biochar production and use in Kenya among small-scale farmers. This work involves use of farm-based crop and tree biomass by small-scale farmers for biochar production using gasifier cooking stoves.

    • Mary Njenga

      Bioenergy Research Scientist
      World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Session 3: The way forward: Landscape restoration in research and practice - 16:00-17:30Recorded

Conference Room 2
  • This talk will present the experiences gained from the practices in forest sector data in the Eastern Africa specifically in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique through the Eastern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA) project implemented by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and CIRAD (Centre de […]

  • The interconnections between ecosystems have been long understood and several variations of restoration models have been championed by researchers, academics, governments, civil society and more recently by the private sector, including big corporations. Participation is key to the development and implementation of successful restoration programs, and “decision makers” from all categories of “relevant” stakeholders are […]

  • The talk will feature an initiative to bring to bring together the governance of forests and water in a case where there has been a gap at the community level. Bringing together users of forests and water in a participatory planning process contributes to setting resource management and restoration priorities. It also creates buy-in from […]

  •     Presentation

    • Anthony Ochieng

      Wildlife Ecologist, Nature and Wildlife Photographer, Traveler, Educator and Explorer

  • Connecting people for landscape restoration LIVE NOW
    • Ben Roberts

      Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
      Liquid Telecom Group

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Digital Summits

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Digital Summits

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16:00-17:30
Eastern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA) LIVE NOW

The purpose of the Launchpad is to present the key products and outcomes of a prototype of the Eastern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA) to policy makers, practitioners and the general public. The products include the observatory’s website and capabilities, a State of Forests report for the region covering Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique and recommendations for the longer […]

UNON Press Room
Nairobi time (GMT+3)
11:00-12:30
Launch of the NGP-Documentary A Journey Without a Map LIVE NOW

A Journey Without a Map is a New Generation Plantations documentary about Uganda. One of the most densely populated countries in Africa, Uganda has seen its population double in 12 years, while its forests have shrunk to only 10% of their former cover. This documentary will guide the audience through The New Forests Company journey of creating shared value in a country where access to education and electricity goes hand-in-hand with Uganda’s sustainable future. But this is A Journey Without a Map.

UNON Press Room
16:00-17:30
Trees for Seeds, a foundation for resilient restoration LIVE NOW

Around 12% (two billion hectares) of the Earth’s land surface is degraded. Degraded lands cost 10% of global GDP annually. The potential societal benefits of restoring degraded land is in the order of US$84 billion per year. Restoration of degraded tropical forest landscapes offer some of the greatest returns on investment, to address climate change, reduce poverty and food insecurity and support biodiversity. To deliver sustainable development goals (SDGs) optimal restoration approaches are vital and the link between knowledge of native tree diversity and appropriate use to address SDGs in currently lacking. This represents a significant gap in capacity to enable scaling up FLR pledges from the Bonn Challenges to deliver multiple SDGs through restoration of degraded lands.

UNON Press Room

Vi Agroforestry

Vi Agroforestry is a Swedish development organisation. We fight poverty and combat climate change through agroforestry. We do this together with small-holder farmers and farmers’ organisations in East Africa. The countries we work in include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. These countries are severely affected by deforestation and impacts of climate change. They have for many years endured their devastating effects on both humans and nature. The foundation of Vi Agroforestry’s work is Sustainable Agriculture Land Management (SALM) together with agroforestry – growing trees alongside crops and livestock. This provides increased access to food, access to sustainable energy sources and more income. Sustainable agriculture and land management contributes to the mitigation of climate change and protects against the negative effects of climate change. Since the start in 1983, Vi Agroforestry has contributed to the planting of over 120 million trees and reached over 2,3 million people through education and advisory services.

The Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes in Kenya

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, is an International Organization whose mission is to accelerate and upscale sustainable trade. IDH is committed to the implementation of innovative programs, specifically in the North East boundary of the South West Mau, where we have since dedicated Euro 2.8 million, to address sustainability issues. The vision of IDH has been channeled through the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes, ISLA Kenya program, which currently operates in the South West Mau Forest / Sondu River Basin, which has been set up by IDH with funding of the Dutch government and co-funding of Private Sector Partners.

ISLA Kenya aims to restore and conserve 60,000 hectares of the South West Mau Forest by 2030 through the Stawisha Mau Charitable Trust, which is a is a public-private partnership of more than sixteen stakeholders from private sector, county governments, national government agencies, community groups and NGOs. The trust coordinates conservation and livelihood improvement activities, aligning high-level policy dialogues with practical sustainability solutions on the ground.

The initiative builds on the interest of tea and other companies to conserve the forest for its microclimate services and of the Kenyan government to improve livelihoods of communities. Together we work towards a holistic landscape management as well as improved livelihoods, water, and sustainable energy.

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a centre of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF is the only institution that does globally significant agroforestry research in and for all of the developing tropics. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utilize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at multiple scales.

We are guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, which include poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services. ICRAF’s work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change. is a centre of scientific excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF is the only institution that does globally significant agroforestry research in and for all of the developing tropics. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utilize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at multiple scales.

We are guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, which include poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services. ICRAF’s work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity.

To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaounde, Cameroon; and Lima, Peru.