GLF Africa Digital Conference


2-3 June 2021; Online


"Know-how needed for successful forest landscape restoration in Africa" at GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands - Accelerating Action from the Ground Up

2 June 2021; 16:45-18:15; Online

This session will share fundamental practices and skills needed by different actors to support progress in forest landscape restoration (FLR) on the ground. Those include: (i) sensitizing policymakers to the right mix of regulations and policies that need to be in place for local actors to successfully restore land, and for moving towards sustainable land management practices; (ii) preparing FLR facilitators to assist stakeholders in organizing the platforms for interaction, reconciling conflicting views, and planning FLR activities, as well as gathering information, linking actors and monitoring progress; and (iii) co-developing FLR and improvement measures with local actors.

GLF Africa 2021 White Paper - English
GLF Africa 2021 White Paper - French


  • Vianny Ahimbisibwe, Research Scientist, Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics
  • Stephanie Mansourian, Environmental consultant, University of Geneva
  • Steve Makungwa, Senior lecturer, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Appolinaire Razafimahatratra, Coordinator of the networks of communities managing natural resource, WWF Madagascar
  • Ida Nadia Djenontin, Social Scientist, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Environmental Science & Policy Program (ESPP), Michigan State University


Enhancing restoration capacities in African drylands: A decade for action

3 June 2021; 11:15-12:45 CEST

Get an inside look at the results of the African capacity needs assessment undertaken by the UN FAO-led taskforce on best practices. This session will raise awareness of the existing systemic capacities for restoration as well as the current gaps and barriers, and of the opportunities to meet these needs in the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The session will highlight pathways towards enhancing practitioners’ capacities through the development or up-scaling of key knowledge products and various capacity development initiatives, such as the Landscape Academy, the FAO-ELTI youth contest, and the Restoration Factory.

IUFRO is represented by Adejoke Akinyele, a forester in the Department of Forest Production and Products, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.