06/03/2021 @ 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

A new era for Africa’s drylands

On 2-3 June 2021, GLF will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again. Join in for inspiring speakers, the latest science, concerts, film screenings, virtual tours, networking, and the unexpected discoveries that always form part of a Global Landscapes Forum event.

GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands will be held two days before the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs from 2021 to 2030.

Who should join?

GLF Africa invites practitioners, farmer organizations, Indigenous Peoples, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, financial investors, the private sector, civil society organizations, youth groups, activists, conservation and development organizations, amongst others, who are actively engaged in, interested in, and dedicated to the scaling of, dryland restoration in Africa.



Symphony of Science and Practice: Bringing evidence to bear for land restoration practice and policy in Africa

Date: 03 June 2021

Time: 15:45-17:55 GMT+3

The Symphony of Science and Practice will focus on innovative ways to capture restoration evidence and ensure it is integrated in the planning process to inform practice and in turn inform policy (enabling environment). 

We will share evidence from the EU-funded Regreening Africa initiative, which shows that the integration of multiple approaches, infused with a variety of scientific disciplines and local perspectives, can positively inform restoration practice and policy. We will share examples of how robust, timely and accessible scientific data has been combined with community and development insights to inform land restoration using an innovative joint reflection and learning process. We will invite participants insights on how science, practice and policy can be more closely aligned and hear from a donor perspective on how such efforts can be scaled.


Mieke Bourne

Programme Manager, Regreening Africa-CIFOR-ICRAF

Tor-Gunnar Vågen

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

Sammy Carsan

Agroforestry Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF

Judith Oduol

Senior Agricultural Economist, CIFOR-ICRAF

Constance Neely

Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making (SHARED) Lead, CIFOR-ICRAF

Alex Mugayi

Project Manager, World Vision Rwanda

Bernard Crabbé

Head of the environment mainstreaming & circular economy sector, Directorate General, European Commission, International Partnerships (INTPA)

Mamadou Coulibaly

Regreening Africa Project Manager, Oxfam Mali

Leigh Winowiecki, Moderator

Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF)