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.
The TerrAfrica Partnership recently hosted a side event at the Global Landscapes Forum during the margins of the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco to look into “Regretting heritage landscapes and revitalizing communities in the Sahel & Sahara.”
“Interest in restoration in Africa is at an all-time high and we urge all parties to take action now.” Mamadou Diakhite, Team Leader, Principal Officer, NEPAD SLWM Program.
Following last year’s COP 21 in Paris a panel of various restoration initiative leaders sat together on November 16, 2016 at the Global Landscapes Forum held along the margins of COP 22, to discuss the major developments, commitments and perspectives of landscapes restoration in Africa drylands, recognizing that such restoration has both Climate Change mitigation (e.g. on vegetation cover and soil carbon sequestration) and adaptation (e.g. on resilient farming systems and disaster risk mitigation) potential.
“Three ingredients for success restoration; inspire, enable and implement” Craig Hanson, Global Director of Food, Forests and Water, World Resources Institute.
Efforts to address landscape restoration at a global scale have recently been reinvigorated under the Sustainable Development Goals. At the Africa level, related efforts were echoed at COP 21 in Paris in 2015 with the launch of the Africa Resilient Landscapes Initiative and the Africa Forest Landscape Restoration 100 both lead by NEPAD Agency, as well as commitments made to further scale up and expand the Great Green Wall Initiative for the Sahel and Sahara.
There is now broad recognition of the potential impact of landscape restoration on both mitigation and adaptation. It 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.