Climate change and land ecosystems restoration: Where do we start?

4 Sep 2018

NAIROBI — We can all agree that climate change is a reality, especially for African countries facing big challenges due to landscape and ecosystems degradation.

In order to overcome these challenges, many African countries, stakeholders and the African Union Commission (AUC) are working together to implement mitigation and restoration policies to make African cities more resilient.

During the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference in Nairobi, representatives of the AUC through the department responsible for project management on Climate Change, Water and Land;  UN Environment, the U.N. Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat on Climate Change, Biodiversity, Science, and Institutional Support (CBD Secretariat) all united to discuss the agenda of restoration actions for ecosystems to increase resilience in Africa.

Through this session, we established that various actions such as the example of the green wall project, which is a project for the restoration of ecosystems in the Sahelo-Sahelian band are being implemented by African countries to help them to adapt to the effects of climate change and land degradation, as well as reverse them.

But, despite all of these initiatives, the restoration of land and the fight against climate change still has a long way to go. This is one of the reasons why Harsen Nyambe of the AUC urged the youth as well as the African community to join the commission’s efforts.

About The Writer

Yvette Georgette Ngomo Ndongo is a young Cameroonian dynamic and active in Malian civil society since 2011. She is the country coordinator of CSAYN (CSA Youth Network) in Mali as well as the project coordinator for Plant For The Planet Foundation in Mali which through plant for the planet academies implemented since June 2017 have contributed to the creation of 6 clubs of Climate Justice Ambassadors and the planting of a hundred trees in the district of Bamako (Mali).

As a result of her work in civil society, Yvette has worked on various community projects at the national and international level in connection with citizen engagement, peacebuilding, human rights, and environment. She is part of the founding members of the film Festival Ciné Droit Libre Bamako, which is the first film festival in Mali promoting human rights and freedom of expression, contribute to the emergence of the Platform for Peace “Together we are one People” (Ensemble Nous sommes Un Peuple) in Mali as well as the design of the COY13 website among others.  

Holder of a vocational bachelor in science and technology marketing option International trade, she works in the field of community development with the objective of putting her skills at service of the community and Contribute to sustainable development initiatives.

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