We need to move from a view of forests and green spaces as luxuries to one that sees them as absolutely vital to local economies.
We have to know that landscape restoration is an opportunity to transform people’s lives, so we need to know that smallholder farmers should be at the forefront of the whole process.
We must begin to address the societal values that guide us. While climate change and biodiversity loss are some of the greatest challenges of our time, addressing the selfishness and apathy of those responsible for managing our forests is equally important.
A truly integrated approach, bringing together relevant sectors (forestry, agriculture, energy, water) and stakeholders from government, civil society and private sector, will be crucial.
There is a national and global outcry about restoring degraded areas. In the 1980s, Uganda had about 24% forest cover, and currently it’s only 9%.
Africa is the continent with the best landscapes restoration opportunities . Let’s grab them and invest in the restoration of the natural capital of Africa to increase weath and reduce poverty
Africa has pledged to restore 100 million ha by 2030. And we think that communities have a role to play in this. They’ve been working to restore landscapes for decades already.
We wanted to get our forest back to how it used to be. There had been a lot of destruction. We, the indigenous inhabitants of the Mau, realised we could not just sit back and watch people destroy the forest and wait for the Kenya Forest Service to do something.
To restore ecological function, social equity and financial profitability, there must be a combined business case, environmental rationale and social logic.
Rocky Dawuni performs at GLF Nairobi 2018
Gender roles and implications for landscape restoration
Rocky Dawuni talks to GLF about the planet, music and community empowerment
Musonda Mumba at GLF Nairobi: ecosystem challenges in Africa
Rights, Access and Values: Trees in Shifting Economic and Political contexts – New insights from sub-Saharan Africa (Discussion Forum 9)
18 Sep 2018
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Climate risk analysis
13 Sep 2018
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