Side event

Restoring degraded land: learning from the past and present to inform future initiatives and the Great Green Wall

Widespread land degradation across Africa is combining with the impacts of the climate crisis to exacerbate poverty, instability, and insecurity.

For that reason, many efforts are ongoing to restore land health and enhance livelihoods. This session will review past restoration efforts, highlight recent lessons, and showcase successes from across the continent, and so help inform future investments and initiatives such as the Great Green Wall.

Regreening Africa and other successful land restoration projects demonstrate that 1) research in development accelerates positive and grounded impacts and actionable monitoring; 2) effective scaling must be based on multi-stakeholder partnerships; and 3) enabling policy environments, governance, inclusion and livelihoods are key considerations.

Come and join us to hear from successful practitioners about what made a difference in their projects. Hear senior specialists and researchers discuss how to deploy experience, knowledge, and evidence for rapid progress. And discover how these learnings and lessons will be scaled to achieve the ambitious large-scale restoration of tens of millions of hectares across Africa’s semiarid drylands, starting with the Sahel through the Great Green Wall.

These experts’ presentations and a panel discussion will provide a unique opportunity to learn about evidence-based, actionable, and affordable interventions that maximise restoration and benefits at scale, in Africa and globally.

We will have French/English translation

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CIFOR-ICRAF speakers

Patrick Worms

Senior Science Policy Advisor, CIFOR-ICRAF

Peter Minang

Director Africa, CIFOR-ICRAF

Tor-Gunnar Vågen

Senior Scientist and head of the Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab (SPACIAL), CIFOR-ICRAF

Mieke Bourne

Programme Manager, Regreening Africa, CIFOR-ICRAF