Cover photo credit: Areola Danladi | REO Photography | IFSA NARM 2018
Africa’s greatest untapped resource might just be its young people.
Currently, those under 25 make up the majority of its population, while projections show that Africa will be home to 1 billion young people by 2050. Africa’s youth have an immense potential to forge a new development model and vision for the continent. Despite deforestation at an estimated 2.8 million hectares lost annually, we view young people as champions for restoration and community-based solutions. The GLF, in partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, is launching this program to build a community of 100 restoration leaders who will learn to reclaim ownership of their future and succeed in restoring Africa.
We are bringing young leaders from across the continent to Nairobi from Aug 27-30 to get ‘Restoration Ready.’ Our intensive leadership development and project accelerator program includes participatory workshops, knowledge marketplaces, and boot camps designed to define visions, acquire knowledge, identify challenges, and build community in an effort to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes.
We are focusing on three fundamental principles:
- Integrity – Infusing integrity into our work by providing training on restoration principles, good practices, and common pitfalls guided by top scientists.
- Innovation – Teaching a mindset of creativity while illustrating the power of technology and enterprise for restoration.
- Partnership – Building connections with leading organizations and among young leaders to scale up youth action.
Online Learning (4 Weeks)
With curated learning assignments, restoration challenges, and quizzes to test your knowledge, this program is powered by GLF Partners (Youth in Landscapes, FAO, Wageningen University, CIFOR etc.). Want to join? Check out the lessons below:
Youth Workshop (2 Days)
The work kicks off with an exciting agenda crafted to get you up to speed. No matter your background or interest, by the end of the 2 days you will understand the pitfalls of restoration projects, restoration opportunities, business plans, and your role as a landscape leader.
GLF Nairobi (2 Days)
Young leaders will bring their momentum to GLF Nairobi through speaking on plenaries, facilitating discussion forums, leading a session on Innovating a Movement and playing a key role in knowledge and outreach activities.
Project Teams (Ongoing, online)
To take knowledge to action and facilitate cross-border collaboration, we’re building thematic project teams during the youth workshop – communities of support that will report bi-annually on progress in restoration implementation. Thematic groups are: entrepreneurship, education and capacity building, policy advocacy and leveraging partnerships.
MEET OUR LEADERS
Top Videos: Can you tell us why restoring Africa’s degraded landscapes matter in under 60 seconds? Watch the best submissions on the GLF Youtube.
Many stimulating and innovative debates took place at GLF Nairobi 2018. In light of this, several of the youth participants produced blogs and articles relaying what they experienced and took part in. You can find these below:
27 Sep 2018
The Restoration Workshop – Fast Tracking with Young African Minds
Sometimes, when nearly all conditions are in place, it takes only one action to tip the scale, to trigger action, to mak...
5 Sep 2018
Lutte Contre Le Changement Climatique Et La Restauration Des écosystèmes : Par Où Commence-t-on?
Le changement climatique et la restauration des écosystèmes : par où commençons nous ? Nous conviendrons tous de d...
4 Sep 2018
Climate change and land ecosystems restoration: Where do we start?
NAIROBI — We can all agree that climate change is a reality, especially for African countries facing big challenges du...
4 Sep 2018
Restoring hope through the landscape and making restoration possible
At a time when many people are compelled to move away from their home base for various pressing reasons, it's comforting...
4 Sep 2018
Money does grow on trees after all
Money does not grow on trees, according to the old idiom. To some extent, this could be one of the reasons that humankin...
3 Sep 2018
How do we know if we succeeded in restoring a landscape? How do we ensure that further degradation does not occur? How c...
20 Aug 2018
Week 3 – Full scope of Restoration Benefits
The Full scope of Restoration Benefits Posted: 8/20/2018 Assignment due: 8/25/2018 Next lesson post date: 9/3/2018 W...
13 Aug 2018
Week 2 – Understanding the Landscape Approach
Understanding the Landscape Approach Posted: 8/13/2018 Assignment due: 8/17/2018 Next lesson post date: 8/20/2018 Author...
6 Aug 2018
Week 1 – Understanding FLR
Understanding Forest and Landscape Restoration Posted: 8/6/2018 Assignment due: 8/10/2018 Next lesson post date: 8/13/20...
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