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UNCDD COP 15 SIDE EVENT
Thursday 12 May from 13:00 to 15:00
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.
|13.00-13.05||Welcome and objectives||Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisory CIFOR-ICRAF|
|13.05-13.20||Opening. Background of land restoration efforts, key elements of success and bottlenecks||Peter Minang, Director for Africa CIFOR-ICRAF|
|13.20-13.35||Land restoration monitoring and the role of research in development||Tor-G Vagen, Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab lead CIFOR-ICRAF|
|13.35-13.50||Lessons from Regreening Africa, a large-scale restoration programme||Mieke Bourne, Regreening Africa Programme Manager CIFOR-ICRAF|
|13.50-14.00||A perspective from Tree Aid, governance pitfalls and opportunities||Tom Skirrow, CEO Tree Aid|
|14.00-14.10||Questions and answers||Moderator|
Panel discussion on how to take past lessons and experiences forward to the Great Green Wall and other restoration initiatives
Bernard Crabbé, Team leader Environmental mainstreaming and circular economy DG INTPA European Union
Colonel Major Yacouba Seybou, Director General of Water and Forest, Ministry of Environment and the Fight against Desertification
Hamed Tchibozo, Regreening Africa Project Coordinator World Vision Niger
Pierre Omer Ouedraogo, SPONG Program Officer, Benkadi Progam Country Project
Peter Minang, Director for Africa CIFOR-ICRAF
|14.55-15.00||Summarising the key takeaway messages||Patrick Worms|
Patrick Worms (Moderator)
Senior Science Policy Advisor
Director for Africa at CIFOR-ICRAF, Global Coordinator, ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.
Team leader Environmental mainstreaming and circular economy DG INTPA European Union
Mieke Bourne Ochieng
Regreening Africa Programme Manager
Geoinformatics Senior Scientist/ Head of SPACIAL Unit (CIFOR-ICRAF)
Colonel Major Yacouba Seybou
Director General of Water and Forest, Ministry of Environment and the Fight against Desertification
CEO Tree Aid
Pierre Omer Ouedraogo
SPONG Program Officer, Benkadi Progam Country Project
Hamed Constantin Tchibozo
Regreening Africa Project Coordinator World Vision Niger