With recent advancements in remote sensing, citizen science and data analytics, there are real opportunities for targeting, prioritizing and tracking landscape restoration investments across large areas. However, to ensure that these advancements are mobilized and scaled effectively, innovative approaches that integrate perspectives and bridge enduring disconnects between the practice, science and policy spheres will need to be developed.
This white paper introduces the aim, impetus and context behind the GLF Africa digital conference session “Symphony of Science and Practice: Bringing Evidence to Bear for Land Restoration Practice and Policy in Africa“. The session highlights tools and approaches for measuring restoration progress, showcases key results from the EU-funded Regreening Africa initiative, and introduces a novel partnership between science and practice that enhances integration of evidence in the planning, implementation and policy processes.
Author: Mieke Bourne, Leigh Ann Winowiecki, Tor Vågen, Muhammad Nabi Ahmad, Judith Odoul, Alex Mugayi, Mamadou Fotigui Coulibaly, Marion Aluoch, Sammy Carson, Constance Neely
Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)
Keyword(s): adaptive management, Africa, analytics, citizen science, development, drylands, monitoring, regreening, Regreening Africa, remote-sensing, restoration, science policy interface
Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands
Location(s): Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia