Mamadou Diakhite of NEPAD – the African Union’s body for development coordination – talks about what Africa is doing on the regional level to restore its drylands in the fight against climate change.
There is now broad recognition of the potential impact of landscape restoration on both mitigation (e.g. on vegetation cover and soil carbon sequestration) and adaptation (e.g. on resilient farming systems and disaster risk mitigation). Restoration also plays its own part in efforts to address and manage other key development challenges such as food security, rural poverty, employment and displacement and migration. Different studies and publications have documented strategies and solutions to effectively address land degradation and promote resilient landscapes in Africa, and drylands challenges have become a common denominator.
Landscape restoration was among the key issues discussed at the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action for Sustainable Development (16 November, alongside UNFCCC 22).
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