About GLF Africa 2022
GLF Africa 2022: How to build an equitable, resilient food future brought together over 8,500 participants from 122 countries and featured 182 leading scientists, activists, Indigenous leaders, financiers, youth and government leaders, and 68 incredible partners to explore African solutions to the global food crisis caused by climate change, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.
Across 31 plenaries, interactive sessions, launches, virtual tours, dialogues, performances, and a job fair, the digital conference explored ways to transform the future of food through healthy landscapes, equitable access to land, and shorter, greener value chains. Messages spread on social media rallied 26 million people around concrete ways for Africa to regain its food sovereignty.
Integrating land rights with ecosystem restoration
Building on recent discussions at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), this session explores how to integrate and monitor communities’ legitimate rights to land and forest resources within and adjacent to landscape restoration sites.
The session draws on experiences from Benin, Kenya, Madagascar, and Malawi in pursuing the UNCCD’s Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target, as a backdrop for exploring how to successfully reconcile ecosystem restoration with the livelihood needs and land tenure rights of local communities.
Join Kader Baba, Research Associate and Country program manager; Susan Chomba, director of vital landscapes WRI Africa; Sonkita Conteh, Country director in Sierra Leone, Washe Kazungu, TMG Research Associate; Monitrala Rasoanaivo, Forestry consultant in Madagascar; and Jes Weigelt, Head of programmes at TMG; who provide practical insights on how to operationalize the UNCCD’s landmark decision on land tenure to support greater synergies in the implementation of the three Rio environmental conventions, for the good of people and the planet across three key messages:
- Involving local communities in the process of policymaking.
- Grassroots are crucial in helping to implement ecosystem restoration.
- Safeguards are key in ensuring support by the community.