What is GLFx?
GLFx is a global community by the Global Landscapes Forum to enable and accelerate action towards more sustainable landscapes. Members can join independently organized chapters that meet locally to take action. They can also join online communities of practice (CoPs) to share knowledge and learnings.
The world needs passionate people to take action towards a more sustainable future. GLFx connects people to projects, incubates or accelerates initiatives, drives coordinated local actions and enables knowledge sharing with a focus on improving landscapes from the ground up.
MEET SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY-LED GLF CHAPTERS
This Chapter is made up of an interdisciplinary team based in Veracruz, Mexico, which comes together to promote sustainable community-based landscape management practices in the region. Veracruz is a biodiverse state composed of multiple ecosystems, including coral reefs, marshes, coastal dunes, tropical rainforests, semi-deciduous tropical forests, cloud forests and even alpine grasses. It is also culturally diverse, with 14 Indigenous languages and 11 main ethnic groups. This chapter believes that nature conservation is inseparable from the wellbeing of local communities, and its vision is for them to be able to use their natural resources in sustainable, equitable, and culturally respectful ways so that they become co-responsible for biodiversity conservation. Thus, their mission is to promote sustainable community practices that allow for the conservation and restoration of nature, while providing livelihoods and reinforcing local communities’ identities.
This Chapter is a team based in Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The team is planting and cultivating endangered Pericopsis elata trees, and other native species, on the banks of the local Akoluk River. The Chapter is also introducing this species to farmers and encouraging them to grow it on their farmland to fix nitrogen and improve the soil.
Further to this, they’re running street march campaigns to create awareness about the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration; linking farmers to the Esoko agricultural profiling and messaging service to receive timely climate information and advice; training students and farmers on tree seed sourcing and nursery management; training farmers in compost preparation; establishing COVID-19 memorial planting in a school; and training students to become citizen scientists and collect data on the established plantings.
This Chapter’s vision is to create a Malawi where people and nature can thrive in productive, prosperous, equitable, resilient, and sustainable landscapes. Their mission is to enable local communities in Malawi to connect, share, learn and act through a holistic approach in their local landscapes, providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge and networks.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
The Chapter intends to offer a holistic and well-coordinated program of events and project activities while promoting collaboration in the sector locally, amplifying the work of existing organizations and leveraging established audiences and networks. Founding members of GLFx Cape Town include the Greenpop Foundation, African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), Conservation South Africa, Living Lands, ReWild Africa and the Collective Movement.
Banjul, The Gambia
Banjul, The Gambia
This Chapter is a team based in Banjul, The Gambia, which consists mostly of staff members at GIO, a research institute working towards sustainable development in the Sahel. Recently, the team launched the Yiriwaa Project, which is focused on restoring mangroves in the three most-degraded wetland areas in The Gambia. They partnered with Gambia Marine and Environmental Conservation Initiative (GMECI) to conduct training with the beekeepers and women oyster farmers who are directly involved in these ecosystems – and who contribute to their degradation through unsustainable oyster harvesting and mangrove cutting. The project focuses on ways to preserve the mangroves as a long-term strategy to make a sustainable impact on social and environmental challenges, while enhancing collective capacity.
This Chapter is focused on landscape restoration action for sustainable, multifunctional landscapes in Kenya, powered by youth leadership. Its mission is to cultivate an intergenerational influencing network and community for knowledge sharing on – and action in – landscape restoration, and its motto is “Learn together, thrive together”. The chapter aims to create a networking, mentorship, and knowledge/idea-sharing platform for the people interested in, passionate about, and involved in restoration and conservation projects, as a means of building their capacity to implement restoration – as well as to participate in related policy and decision-making processes. It also seeks to deliver data/knowledge-driven or evidence-based conversations on landscape restoration by hosting knowledge-sharing events, and create a knowledge hub for Kenyan landscapes.
This Chapter is based in Porto-Novo in the Republic of Benin. It is made up of a team from the Research and Action Center for Sustainable Development and the Empowerment of Societies (CRADDES), which is focused on climate change and environmental protection in Benin. The team has already carried out a number of activities related to the environment and landscapes, including sensitization, training, advocacy, radio programs, and more. Recently, CRADDES organized a Conference of Youth (COY) in Benin, which attracted 150 young people from 20 African countries. The participants were trained in various topics related to the environment, biodiversity, climate change and more. In February 2018, CRADDES was selected by the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Action Campaign as one of the 38 finalists for the 2018 UN SDGs Awards, for its 1 Million Impact Campaign project, which reached an estimated 115,000 people in 52 cities through advocacy, in-person seminars and events to promote the 17 SDGs.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
This Chapter is based in Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou. The team hails from the NGO The National Coordination of Youth for Environment and Climate (CONAJEC), and they are involved in fighting against land degradation by training young farmers in several techniques for recovering and restoring degraded lands. They train communities on limiting soil erosion; water and soil conservation techniques; and methods for creating community groves. Each year, they aim to restore around 100 hectares, create groves of 5,000 plants, and introduce around 40 farmers to agroecology and agroforestry. The Chapter counts on the support of several partners, including the national ministries of the environment and agriculture, the French embassy, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and other local NGOs. In the future, they intend to focus on training and awareness-raising, consultation sessions (dialogues), and impactful action on restoration and reforestation.
This Chapter is a team based in Ibadan, Nigeria, which is made up of a collective of six members from the NGO Ripple Heights Development Initiative, who are currently implementing restoration activities in their area. They are partnering with the local Community Youth Forum; the All Farmers’ Association (Oyo State Chapter); the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and the Department of Soil and Land Resources Management at the University of Ibadan; and the local government’s land management department.
Their restoration activities include campaigns to promote awareness among farmers on the impact of harmful agricultural practices on the landscape; training and induction of GLF Chapter members to drive sustainable land use in the community; and induction of ‘landscape ambassadors’ from local high schools, in order to ensure continuity of a sustainable landscape culture within the community. The team aims to establish a sustainable GLF Chapter in their community, and possibly create more local chapters to widen the scope of operation.
This Chapter is based in Nkambe, in the North West Region of Cameroon. The team is made up of a group of passionate individuals working for the NGO Youth Development Organization (Yodo). This organisation’s restoration activities include plastic waste management, growing trees and restoring water sources, as well as training young people in tree planting and maintenance.
The Women in Nature Conservation Organization (WINCO) is an organization based in Uyo, Nigeria, with a diverse membership of 213 people from all walks of life. Its partners include: Georgie Farms and Bio-Gardens, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria, University of Uyo Nigeria, Ministry of Environment Akwa Ibom State, and Asaase Green Project, Ghana. This Chapter’s restoration activities include tree-planting in schools and degraded community forest landscapes and ecosystems, which prioritizes planting of indigenous species such as African pear, bush mango and magic fruit, among others, to prevent local extinction and boost the presence of indigenous wildlife.
The Chapter is also carrying out tree-planting in the premises of the University of Uyo to promote sustainable landscape management. The team’s future plans include: creating sustainable landscapes; replicating their restoration activities in other states and regions in Nigeria as well as in other West African countries; and raising a crop of focused, diligent, passionate and resilient female conservationists and molding them into the conservation leaders of the future, who are well-equipped to sustainably manage the landscapes of Africa.
This Chapter is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon and consists of a group of individuals whose restoration activities are hosted by the NGO Support Humanity Cameroon (SUHUCAM). They have partnered with Forest Resources and People (FOREP), the Environment, Community and Development Association (ECoDAs) Cameroon, the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development, and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. Since 2019, they have initiated and engaged in the restoration of 50 hectares of degraded land.
They have mobilized over 250 community volunteers (farmers and grazers) and planted over 7000 trees. Their future plans are to bridge the information gap in Cameroon, collaborate with like-minded individuals and engage grassroots communities to inspire young people and students to join restoration initiatives. Most importantly, they intend to extend their work to other parts of Cameroon, especially in the northern regions which are dominated by drylands and threatened by the expansion of the Sahara Desert, and where most young people lack adequate information to lead sustainable landscape restoration initiatives.
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