The Roots of Restoration: Sustainability through Community-Based Forest Landscape Restoration

21 Jun 2021

Land degradation undermines the livelihoods, food security, health and well-being of everyone, but rural and isolated populations are often at heightened risk. Through years of implementing landscape restoration activities, it has become clear that initiatives and interventions are only successful and sustainable if they are embedded in local communities. A comprehensive participation of local stakeholders in the planning and implementation phases of restoration has great potential to empower local structures and communities, especially women and youth, to become an irreplaceable core of ecosystem restoration. In this session, GIZ and partners from its Forests4Future and Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa programme showcase why large-scale restoration initiatives such as the AFR100 must harness this potential!

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): Africa, community-led restoration, drylands, food security, gender, health, land degradation, livelihoods, local communities, restoration, youth

Ecosystem(s): Forests

Location(s): Africa

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)


  • Tony Rinaudo

    Principal Natural Resources Advisor, World Vision Australia

  • Mamadou Moussa Diakhité

    Team leader of AUDA-NEPAD and Executive Secretary of the AFR100 Secretariat

  • Tabi Joda

    Executive Director, GreenAid

  • Charles Karangwa

    Regional Lead- Forests, Landscapes and Livelihoods Programme; Country Representative for Rwanda, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Joséphine Makueti

    Senior Expert for Landscape Restoration, Associated Researcher, Forest and Environment Programme at German Cooperation (GIZ), CIRAD