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African practitioners set common ground for their restoration projects
22 June 2023
At the GLFx Africa Chapter Summit, restoration practitioners, community leaders and scientists from nine African countries discussed challenges, priorities and the help they need to head in the right direction
Nairobi, Kenya – Environmental scientists, leaders and practitioners convened from across Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, for the inaugural GLFx Africa Chapter Summit to interlace their landscape restoration experiences, best practices and challenges.
During the three-day workshop, the experts and community leaders learned from each other, outlined their priorities for the upcoming months and indicated the support they need to maintain and scale their projects.
During the opening of the summit, Éliane Ubalijoro, CEO of the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), emphasized the need to go beyond scientific research and technical expertise to achieve much-needed restoration globally.
“We are driven by a deeply rooted commitment to work hand in hand with local and Indigenous communities, NGOs and smallholder farmers. We believe in the wisdom, innovation, expertise and knowledge that exist within these communities and through programs like GLFx that are regreening Africa,” she said.
Alice Kumunda, Communications and Advocacy officer of the GLFx Dowa chapter in Malawi, said that the summit, hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum and Robert Bosch Foundation at the CIFOR-ICRAF campus, “has provided an avenue for learning, networking, reflecting on work, and identifying gaps and areas for improvement, such as project data collection, communication strategy and the development of an effective monitoring and evaluation system.”
The year ahead
Among the summit’s highlights were common priorities for all chapters for the upcoming months. These include agroecology, soil health and food sovereignty training, the setting up of seed banks and tree nurseries, the revival of indigenous seed varieties, internal capacity building, and government collaboration in restoration efforts.
To succeed in their restoration efforts, the chapters called for collaboration to address challenges they face, including in sustainable financing, information sharing, women’s and youth empowerment, cross-learning and exchange programs, stakeholder mapping and engagement, volunteer recruitment, and publicizing their work in traditional and social media, in audiovisual products and at conferences and other events.
“Robert Bosch Foundation embarked on this partnership journey with the GLFx program three years ago. With the work of the last two years, GLFx has started to fill in an important piece of the puzzle towards empowering landscapes of actors that drive landscape transformation,” said Julia Sonntag, Senior Project Manager at Robert Bosch Stiftung and participant at the summit that united chapters from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan and The Gambia.
The GLFx community encourages restoration practitioners around the world to advance together. Anyone working with a grassroots initiative, network or NGO to promote sustainable landscape use at the local level is invited to apply to become a GLFx chapter by 23 July 2023.
NOTE TO EDITORS
- For more information and/or to arrange interviews, please contact Kelly Quintero ([email protected]).
- Find pictures of the summit here.
- Find a short description of summit participants and GLFx chapters here.
GLFx is a decentralized network of independently organized chapters that gather regularly to promote sustainable activities within their landscapes. It is designed to accelerate action globally towards sustainable landscapes by equipping members with the knowledge, technology and networks to connect, share, learn and act through a holistic approach. Learn more at glfx.globallandscapesforum.org.
About the Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. The foundation operates on a non-profit, independent, and non-partisan basis across the areas of health, education, and global issues, and harnesses the power of civil society to initiate positive change. The Foundation runs its own institutions, carries out innovative projects, enters into partnerships and promotes third-party initiatives. Learn more at https://www.bosch-stiftung.de/en.
About the GLF
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, connecting people with a shared vision to create productive, profitable, equitable & resilient landscapes. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research-World Agroforestry Centre (CIFOR-ICRAF), in collaboration with its co-founders UNEP and the World Bank, and its charter members. Learn more at www.globallandscapesforum.org.