Join SPARC at the Global Landscapes Forum to explore opportunities for sustainable dryland economies

SPARC will lead discussions on the opportunities and challenges of taking a more integrated approach to addressing ecosystem restoration in Africa's drylands at the Global Landscapes Forum.

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On the 2nd June, SPARC will host ‘Partnering with dryland communities to overcome protected crises: challenges and opportunities  - an online plenary at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) digital conference on ‘Restoring Africa’s Drylands: Accelerating action on the ground’. 

In the build up to the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the plenary event will lead discussions on the persistence of protracted crises, insecure land rights, and environmental fragility on the livelihoods of pastoralists across Africa’s drylands, and explore the role that sustainable innovations can play to build the resilience of dryland communities.

The 45-minute session, which will take place at 17:15-18:00 BST/ 19:15-20:00 Nairobi time, will discuss the latest SPARC research with pastoral and agro-pastoral communities across the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

Protracted crises are persistent in Africa’s drylands. Weak governance, insecure land rights and access, environmental fragility and armed conflict continue to impact the lives of millions. SPARC research has revealed how pastoral and agro-pastoral communities are responding to multiple pressures, including the additional stress of climate change, and adapting their livelihoods.

Innovations emerging from these regions are also providing solutions to some of their most critical challenges. The plenary will delve into this by discussing some of the opportunities and challenges when taking a more integrated approach to addressing ecosystem restoration in drylands, which are facing recurrent and protracted crises.  

The session will highlight from the multiple perspectives of development professionals, livestock/dryland scientists, and youth activities, and the key barriers to resilient development in the drylands of East and West Africa.

Speaking at the session will be:

The plenary aims to pinpoint actionable recommendations for GLF participants to take forward, to partner with dryland communities and support their aspirations for stable, secure, sustainable futures. In addition, we will discuss strategies and tactics to overcome the challenges.

The session hopes to answer the following questions:

To join the event, simply register at the Global Landscape Forum website.

See you there!

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