Restoring African Drylands-International actions and intentions
At the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, this 60th issue of ETFRN News is very timely, with the preface signed by UNCCD Executive Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, reflecting a focus on drylands that cover some 40% of the world’s land area and contain some of the most severely degraded landscapes on Earth. ” .
They are also home to a third of the world’s population and a disproportionate number of the poorest people, along with unique ecosystems and biodiversity. And these issues are more acute in Africa than in any other continent.
There is an urgent need to take this knowledge on board in adapting and implementing restoration programmes.
But challenges remain, such as tailoring investments to community needs so local people earn more from their efforts, and to improve monitoring to assess progress not just in productivity and hectares under restoration, but also in the resulting social, economic and environmental benefits.
Dryland degradation can be reversed, recreating more resilient and productive landscapes that will fix more carbon especially in the soil, restore ecosystem services, promote new viable enterprises and create employment, while reducing conflicts and migration. And together, these will increase the opportunities to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the targets of the Rio Conventions on desertification, climate change and biodiversity.
International actions and intentions
4.1 Regreening Africa: a bottom-up transformation of degraded lands Grace Koech, Leigh Ann Winowiecki, Olaf Westermann, Mieke Bourne, Davis Wamawungo, Sammy Carsan, Tor‑Gunnar Vågen, Stephanie Ojee & Susan Chomba
4.2 Landscape restoration is more than land restoration: the Dryland Development Programme Phosiso Sola, Judith Oduol, Niguse Hagazi, Sammy Carsan, Rob Kelly, Jonathan Muriuki, Kiros Hadgu & Maimbo Malesu
4.3 Improving the monitoring of forest and landscape restoration in Africa Salima Mahamoudou & Bernadette Arakwiye
And in all cases, to effectively support restoration programmes and projects, all it is vital that those involved must do their utmost to guarantee that these basic tenets are adhered to.
More details , the top 10 key findings, recommendations for a change, commitments made you may wish to find in here, 24 pages synthesis .
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