Partnership & Initiatives

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Improving land quality to sustain the performance of African economies.

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Political will for restoration has never been stronger. Restoration is widely understood as a key strategy to meet climate change and sustainable development goals and to secure vital food, water, and energy resources.

There is currently a growing number of land-related initiatives at regional and continental level, which complement and reinforce each other. These initiatives contribute to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement which recognizes that the restoration of degraded lands and the fight against desertification are key strategies to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Current key initiatives (non-exhaustive list) includes;

  • AFR100: African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, which aims at bringing 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land under restoration by 2030; Read More
  • ALAP: African Landscapes Action Plan is a blueprint for sustainable rural development in direct response to the challenges of climate change and rapid population growth on the continent; Read More
  • GGWI: Great Green Wall Initiative is a pan-African proposal to “green” the continent from west to east, across 11 countries, in order to combat desertification; Read More
  • LDBA: Land Degradation, Biodiversity and Adaptation to Climate Change is the AU and African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) Flagship program on sustainable land management.

All these important and complementary initiatives contribute to the progressive adoption of integrated landscapes management (ILM) into member countries’ planning processes and development strategies.