Launching the GEF-7 Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program: Catalyzing Transformation – Scale – Sustainability

24 Jun 2021

The GEF-7 Drylands Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL IP) aims to transform the management of drylands in 11 countries across three geographical clusters:

1. The Miombo and Mopane ecosystems of Southern Africa

2. The savanna and grasslands in East and West Africa and

3. The temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands of Central Asia.

This session brings partners and stakeholders from different sectors and scales (local, national, regional and global) together to share their respective perspectives on the dryland management challenges in the target regions, and discuss how the DSL IP’s programmatic approach will support them in overcoming these challenges.

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): Central Asia, drylands, East Africa, Miombo, Mopane, shrublands, Southern Africa, temperate grasslands, West Africa

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Global

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


  • H.E. Nancy Tembo

    Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Republic of Malawi

  • Ulrich Apel

    Senior Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility

  • Jonathan Davies

    Global Drylands Coordinator / Senior Agriculture Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Barron Joseph Orr

    Lead Scientist , United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

  • Maria Helena Semedo

    Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO

  • Gustavo Fonseca

    Director of Programs, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

  • Mette Løyche Wilkie

    Director, Forestry Division, FAO

  • Eduardo Mansur

    Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO

  • Ezekiel Mwakalukwa

    Chairperson, Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems

  • Sibongile Winnie Mavimbela

    Senior Programme Officer, Environment and Climate Change at Southern African Development Community (SADC)

  • Nicole Harari

    Research Scientist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern

  • Fritjof Boerstler

    Technical Advisor (Natural Resources), GEF Coordination Unit, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO

  • Frank Musukwa

    Chairperson, Zambia National Forest Commodity Association (ZNFCA)

  • Pierre Thiam

    Chef, Founder, Yolele Foods