Meet GLF's Community-led Chapters

How GLFx works with communities

The world needs passionate people to take action towards a more sustainable future. GLFx supports community-led projects, helps scale up initiatives, drives local action, and enables knowledge sharing, with a focus on improving landscapes from the ground up.
GLFx chapters around the world are leading action in their communities. From planting trees to engaging students or organizing dialogues, they are at the forefront of change.
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Africa

Uyo, Nigeria

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.

Lilongwe, Malawi

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.

Yaoundé, Cameroon

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.

 

Ibadan, Nigeria

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.

Nkambe, Cameroon

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.

Bawku, Ghana

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.

Cape Town, South Africa

GLFx Cape Town is comprised of a consortium of local organisations working across diverse landscapes, multiple communities and a range of specialisations and disciplines. This includes representatives from academia, NGOs, civil society and grassroots organisations. The chapter intends to offer a holistic and well-coordinated programme of events and project activities, while promoting collaboration in the sector locally, amplifying the work of existing organisations and leveraging established audiences and networks.

Institutional members of GLFx Cape Town include the Greenpop Foundation, African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), Conservation South Africa, Living Lands, ReWild Africa, the Beach Co-op, African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) and the Sustainability Institute (SI)."

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Banjul, Gambia

GIO sustainable lab is an organization situated in The Gambia working towards sustainable development in the Sahel. We aim to achieve the success of our projects by partnering with organizations that work hands-on to tackle these issues.

This year we launched The Viriwaa project which is focused on restoring mangroves in the 3 most degraded wetlands regions of The Gambia. We partnered with (GMECI ) Gambia Marine and environmental conservation initiative to conduct trainings as a baseline to the beekeepers and women oyster farmers who are directly involved and contribute to the degradation of these ecosystems by conducting unsustainable oyster harvesting and mangrove cutting.

We focus on ways to preserve the mangroves, as a long-term mitigation strategy to achieve a sustainable and innovative impact on social and environmental challenges while enhancing collective capacity.

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Nairobi, Kenya

This Chapter’s vision is to scale landscape restoration action for sustainable, multifunctional landscapes in Kenya, powered by youth leadership. They aim to do this by cultivating an intergenerational influencing network and community to share knowledge and take action on landscape restoration.

Porto-Novo, Benin

CRADDES is an organization and GLFx chapter focused on climate change and environment protection in Benin. It has carried out several activities related to the environment and landscapes including sensitization, training, advocacy, and radio programs. It recently mobilized and organized a Conference of Youth (COY) in Benin, which attracted 150 youth from 20 African countries to receive training in various themes related to biodiversity and climate change, and other environmental issues.

In February 2018, CRADDES was selected as one of the 38 finalists for the 2018 UN SDG Action Awards.

Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou

This team is based in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. Initially founded in 2019 as a clean energy start-up, this Chapter’s ambition is to help reduce the large amount of environmental and soil pollution caused by fuel pumps. They aim to do this by empowering smallholder farmers in their region with knowledge and access to environmentally friendly, cheaper and transportable irrigation systems (TIS). Other activities this Chapter participates in also include: community tree planting; clean-up; and climate-related events to raise awareness on environmental sustainability in their locale.

 

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Veracruz, Mexico
 

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.

South Coast Guatemala, Guatemala

The GLF South Coast Guatemala chapter aims to promote forest landscape restoration in the Pacific lowlands of Guatemala and enable exchange of experiences regionally and globally. It communicates activities of the South Coast Restoration Network and is an initiative of the Private Institute for Research on Climate Change (ICC), the National Forest Institute (INAB) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The chapter is part of GLFx, the Global Landscapes Forum's network of community-led chapters and online communities of practice (CoPs) to accelerate local action towards more sustainable landscapes.

Espinal – Córdoba, Argentina

The GLF Espinal Córdoba Chapter aims to promote the ecological and social restoration of the Espinal forest ecosystem; It is located in the central area of Argentina and has been strongly damaged by the agricultural expansion. This project is an initiative of the Monte Alegre Nature Reserve team, made up of family, friends, and professionals who work together in active restoration practices, research, and environmental education activities. The objective is to demonstrate that the restoration of forests in the productive areas of the country is a possible reality, being able to reconcile nature conservation with agricultural practices and encourage other teams to join this exciting task of recovering Argentine forests.

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Kalimantan, Indonesia

Kalimantan, Indonesia

GLFx Kalimantan is a collective solidarity tree-planting campaign in Kalimantan that focuses on recovering degraded forest ecosystems, raising awareness of deforestation, empowering young people, and amplifying the relevance of traditional Indigenous knowledge in forest protection. GLFx Kalimantan’s area of operation is in one of the oldest Indigenous Dayak communities, Talekoi village, in South Barito Regency, Central Kalimantan. We will engage with Indigenous Dayak youth to protect forests in this area, and establish a Ironwood conservation and ecology center. Through collaborative sustainable agroforestry, we will engage with local communities to restore and conserve the areas and provide economic benefit to the community.

 

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Kalimantan, Indonesia

Mindanao, Philippines

Mindanao, Philippines

Our mission is to protect and and restore blue carbon habitats and the surrounding wildlife to contribute on the conservation, education, and community development of the Filipino people.

We believe in sustaining biodiversity in order to provide ecosystem services such as food security for the Filipino people in the years to come. To be a leading organization in the conservation of blue coastal ecosystems and harmonizing technology  to achieve the sustainable development goals for the benefit of the Filipino people.

A data-driven conservation organization that engages multi-stakeholder to address national priorities.

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Mindanao, Philippines

Kalimantan, Indonesia

GLFx Kalimantan is a collective solidarity tree-planting campaign in Kalimantan that focuses on recovering degraded forest ecosystems, raising awareness of deforestation, empowering young people, and amplifying the relevance of traditional Indigenous knowledge in forest protection. GLFx Kalimantan’s area of operation is in one of the oldest Indigenous Dayak communities, Talekoi village, in South Barito Regency, Central Kalimantan. We will engage with Indigenous Dayak youth to protect forests in this area, and establish a Ironwood conservation and ecology center. Through collaborative sustainable agroforestry, we will engage with local communities to restore and conserve the areas and provide economic benefit to the community.

 

Mindanao, Philippines

Our mission is to protect and and restore blue carbon habitats and the surrounding wildlife to contribute on the conservation, education, and community development of the Filipino people.

We believe in sustaining biodiversity in order to provide ecosystem services such as food security for the Filipino people in the years to come. To be a leading organization in the conservation of blue coastal ecosystems and harmonizing technology  to achieve the sustainable development goals for the benefit of the Filipino people.

A data-driven conservation organization that engages multi-stakeholder to address national priorities.

What is GLFx?

What is GLFx?

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Why GLFx?

Why GLFx?

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