What: Restoring Africa’s Drylands: Accelerating Action on the Ground

When: 02–03 June, 2021

Where: Online

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement.

GLF is hosting the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again.

More than half a billion people live and work in Africa’s drylands, among the most parched landscapes on the planet, and representing 43 percent of the continent.

Smallholders nurture crops and graze livestock on land that is mostly rainfed, and rapidly degrading, due in part to the relentless, devastating force of climate change that threatens the rich biodiversity of these fragile landscapes.

Africa is taking up the challenge and aims to restore at least 100 million hectares of land by 2030.

In this regard, farmers, indigenous people, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, financial investors, professionals from civil society organisations, youth groups, activists, conservation and development experts are expected to attend the conference.

Speakers will include International Artist and Humanitarian, Rocky Dawuni; Managing Partner at Sahel Consulting, Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli; Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw; President, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Gilbert Houngbo; and Founder, LEAD Foundation, Dr Simon Chiwanga.

To attend and for more information, click here.

Photo source: US Embassy Botswana

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