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  • The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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    Since 1994, each year in June a day is set aside as the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) and the 2017 commemoration was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Desertification, simply described as the destruction of dry ecosystems is one of the direst problems of the twenty-first century. Sub-Saharan Africa has been plagued by drought […]




  • Misguided agricultural development and land use changes partly to blame for the water scarcity in Kenya

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    The shortage of water has become an incessant problem plaguing millions of Kenyans. Nairobi, the capital city whose name ironically means ‘cool waters’ has been perpetually characterized by water scarcity. The water crisis is reflected across the country where the lack of this basic need has become the norm. As a result, millions of Kenyans […]




  • The 4th SAWAP Conference held in Accra, Ghana

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    Accra, Ghana hosted this year’s  Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP) conference. Over the last couple of decades, the Sahel region has been plagued with desertification. This has resulted in the degradation of natural landscapes in the region. This has been as a result of rampant deforestation perpetuating desertification and land degradation in the region. […]




  • The East Africa food crisis among the worst humanitarian crises to hit the region in decades

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    Thousands of resources have been used to alleviate the unprecedented East Africa food crisis, consequently, the crisis had been termed as the region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades. This hunger crisis in East Africa is evidenced by the millions of people in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan that are in dire […]




  • The 13th CAADP partnership platform unveiled a tree planting exercise targeting 100 million trees in Africa by 2020

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    This year’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) partnership platform featured a tree planting ceremony. This event was organized by the Green-Aid sustainability forum to launch an initiative of recovering Africa’s forest cover by planting 100 million trees in the next three years. The root driver of this initiative stems from a need to restore […]




  • Sierra Leone Mudslide: A humanitarian crisis linked to poor land use planning and unrestricted deforestation

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    On the 14th August 2017, Freetown, Sierra Leone experienced one of the most devastating mudslides that left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Survivors recounted this tragedy in animated expressions of a moving mountain- a portrayal of the accelerating mudslide down Mount Sugar Hope. Photos from the aftermath of the Sierra Leone Mudslide are a vivid […]




  • South Africa’s water crisis shifts spotlight to water supply systems as rationing becomes imminent

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    Over the last couple of years, South Africa’s water reservoirs have dwindled significantly resulting in an unprecedented water crisis. Water is a prized resource that is why it is regarded as one of the essential human rights enforceable by several legal systems and human rights statutes. According to the South African constitution, ‘every person has […]




  • Where people and their land are safer

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    Every day throughout the African continent and the world, disasters undermine people’s capacities to develop and recover: prolonged droughts, floods and other events harm fertile landscapes and cause major destruction across many communities.  Ongoing depletion of natural resources limits people’s options to sustain their livelihoods and makes them more vulnerable to the perils to come. […]




  • Fighting land degradation at landscape scale : sustainable land and water management in Africa’s drylands and vulnerable landscapes

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    On the African continent, poverty reduction, economic development, and sustainability are deeply intertwined and dependent on the management of natural resources, such as land, water, forest, aquatic resources, and biodiversity, which provide the basis for livelihoods and economic sectors. These resources, however, are highly vulnerable and under stress due to climatic factors, population growth, and […]




  • Forest and Landscape Investment Forum (FLIF) Report

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     Investments needed to achieve the ambitious restoration goals to which countries committed in the context of the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests and their decentralized processes are huge. Between USD 36 and 49 billion of investments are needed every year to achieve these targets. The main barrier to tackling these amounts is […]




  • NEWS RELEASE

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    Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – backs land restoration with 4-million-hectare pledge Johannesburg, November 29, 2017 –  Nigeria has pledged to restore 4 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 as part of the AFR100 Initiative and Bonn Challenge, signalling the continuing drive across Africa to bring back productivity to its land. Twenty-six nations across […]




  • Land conference ends with call on Africa to enact policies that will harness youth potential

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    The four-day Conference on Land Policy in Africa ended Friday in Addis Ababa with Economic Commission for Africa’s Chief of Staff, Collen Kelapile, urging Africa to enact policies that will harness the tremendous potential of its youth. Addressing delegates who attended the conference, Mr. Kelapile said Africa’s youth represent the future and therefore expect their […]




  • The 2017 TerrAfrica-NEPAD training conference: Building communicators’ capacity for effective communication on SLM activities in Africa

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    By Wesley Lang’at TerrAfrica in partnership with NEPAD organized a four-day training in Nairobi, Kenya between the 4th and 8th of October, 2017. The theme of the event was “Using Media for Development” and it was attended by communicators and public relations practitioners in charge of communication in ministries that implement Sustainable Land and Water […]




  • Action4Climate video challenge by Connect4Climate

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    The Uniting4Climate International VR Pitch Competition asks for a pitch – a proposal for a VR production in the form of a 400-word description and a 1-minute sample video – that will use the particular qualities of VR to illustrate and explain to best effect climate solutions and action, inspiring the unity behind solving the […]




  • Climate Change Online Learning

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    Welcome to Climate Change Online Learning. This is the one-stop-shop providing access to well-researched, cutting edge knowledge around climate change to all. Dive through our catalog of i) virtually facilitated and self- paced e-Courses; and ii) Nuggets of knowledge through Bite Size Learning/Videos. Topics: Carbon Pricing, Climate Change, Carbon Tax, Climate Finance, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Low […]




  • Ethiopia wins Gold at the 2017 Future Policy Award

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    Future Policy Award crowns the World’s Best Land Restoration Policies Ethiopia wins Gold Award │ Other winning policies from China, Brazil and Jordan Hamburg / Bonn / Ordos: More people, less erosion – Ethiopia’s Tigray region demonstrates that this can be a reality: They will take home the Gold Future Policy Award 2017, beating 26 other […]




  • TerrAfrica events at COP 13

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    The thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will be hosted by the Government of the People’s Republic of China at Ordos International Convention and Exhibition Center, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China from 6-16 September 2017. TerrAfrica will host two side events on “Fighting Land Degradation […]




  • The TerrAfrica brand and visual identity

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    High-quality, cost-effective, and technically sound communication products serve an important role in raising awareness, visibility, and understanding of sustainable land management (SLM) across TerrAfrica’s stakeholder base and beyond. An integrated and consistent image strengthens the overall product impact, helps to achieve short-term and long-term cost savings, and creates efficiencies in the partnership’s processes. These brand […]