About GLF Nairobi 2023: ‘A new Vision for Earth’


The GLF Nairobi 2023 Hybrid Conference, held on October 11 and 12, convened global thought leaders to set the stage for COP28, the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference. This pivotal event mobilized action on critical issues affecting humanity, biodiversity, and our planet.

The conference featured two focused days: Day 1 centered on “Africa’s Sovereign Solutions,” exploring pathways to a sustainable and prosperous future for the continent. Day 2, dedicated to climate, aimed to craft a “Survival Guide for a Planet in Crisis,” paving the way for a fairer world ahead of COP28.

GLF Nairobi brought together a diverse coalition of influential voices, ranging from scientists, activists, and Indigenous leaders to financiers, women, youth, policymakers, and private sector representatives. As a united front, we collectively championed change and passionately advocated for meaningful action in these pivotal times.


About this session


African ecosystems offer a wide range of essential services, including timber, meat, water and medicines, and play a key role in global systems, including biodiversity and climate regulation. Scientific knowledge is key to maintaining all these systems. However, many African countries lack this knowledge or the capacity to sustainably manage ecosystem resources. A number of regional observatories and regional coordination bodies have been created to support research and generate knowledge to support decision making.

This session, hosted by CIFOR-ICRAF, brought together observatory experts with the heads of regional institutions and other stakeholders to discuss the role of regional observatories in sustainably managing the continent’s ecosystems.




Regional observatories for sustainable African ecosystems

Language: English, French

Year: 2023

Ecosystem(s): Forests

Location(s): Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda

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