As shown by the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) – in which 27 African countries have committed to restoring 100 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes by 2030 there is unprecedented political will for forest and landscape restoration in Africa. To harness this enthusiasm and help pave the way for forest and landscape restoration action on the ground, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Nairobi 2018 “Prospects and Opportunities for Restoration in Africa” sought to elevate political, community and private sector support for the implementation of AFR100 and to foster cooperation around forest and landscape restoration activities at national and international levels.
The GLF Nairobi brought more than 800 delegates to the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) headquarters in Nairobi from 29 to 30 August 2018 with another 13,380 people joining the discussions online. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds and sectors, including communities, youth, government, non-governmental and international organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs), community-based organizations, finance, and private sector institutions.
Centered on topics such as community-based restoration, restoration financing, private sector engagement, land and tree tenure, invasive species management, land-use planning, rangelands restoration, restoration of mangroves, or social inclusion and gender, this outcome statement aims to capture the buzz of GLF Nairobi. It provides a summary of the discussions, challenges, ideas and potential solutions that arose out of the sessions in Nairobi and highlights restoration success stories and creative solutions while giving voice to the concerns over the monumental task of implementing forest and landscape restoration.
Author: Global Landscapes Forum
Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum