Blog for People, Food and Nature

January 24, 2020

Unlocking finance to bolster investments for landscape resilience in Africa: Insights and innovations from the African Landscapes Dialogue

Mao Amis African Centre for a Green Economy Sara Scherr

This blog is the second in the post-African Landscapes Dialogue blog series, highlighting the Thematic Discussions that took place. For the other blogs, please see here. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable landscapes in Africa Mt Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and biodiverse features in East Africa. Towering at a height of 5895m […] ...
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December 16, 2019

The African Landscapes Dialogue highlights the central role of Local Landscape Champions

This blog around the thematic discussion of Landscape Convening and Governance is the first one in a series addressing the different thematic discussions that took place during the African Landscapes Dialogue (ALD) in Arusha, Tanzania, last 9-12 November 2019. Imagine a small area of around 10 square kilometers. Now imagine all that lives, grows and […] ...
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November 12, 2019

The Importance of Dialogue and Innovative Partnerships

Yesterday, November 12th, Over 150 participants from 18 African countries have come together for the first day of the African Landscapes Dialogue – a gathering of Landscape Leaders from across Africa bound together by a shared vision and responsibility to problem solve collective problems facing the continent and the planet. Opening remarks were given by […] ...
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November 7, 2019

Strengthening grassroots capacity for locally-led landscape development in Africa

As national and international programs on sustainable land and water management, climate-smart agriculture and land restoration grow, it is critical to empower and ensure the participation of African landscape leaders in the decision-making and execution of these initiatives. A focus has to be put on sustainable and inclusive development at the local landscape level, integratin ...
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September 6, 2019

The African Landscapes Dialogue comes to Tanzania

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

We’re gathering landscape leaders from across Africa in Arusha, November 12-15, for peer-to-peer learning and agenda-setting from the grassroots. Dozens of partner organizations are nominating local partners from around the continent to join us in Arusha to strengthen local capacity for integrated landscape management for sustainable rural development in Africa. Meeting r ...
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December 6, 2018

Complementing sector policy with integrated territorial and landscape approaches

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

In a side event that kicked off the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, an impressive group of partners all echoed one key message: holistic, place-based policy approaches are possible, necessary, and overdue. “People do live in places, they live in spaces, they live in territories. They do not live in sectors.” So Stefan Schmitz, Deputy […] ...
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October 18, 2018

Let’s take this further: Advancing the conversation on the private sector and landscapes

An upcoming Digital Summit hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum will bring together new voices from across Africa to discuss how to engage the private sector in integrated landscape management (ILM). The summit builds on an engaging discussion forum on the topic at the Global Landscapes Forum in Nairobi in August this year. Sharing cases from new geographies, and from ...
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September 4, 2018

Sparking coordination between landscape initiatives in Africa

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

“Everyone wants coordination, but nobody wants to be coordinated.” These words from Nora Berrahmouni, Senior Forestry Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, at the start of a session on coordination and advocacy at the recent AFR100 Annual Partners Meeting (APM), artfully pose the challenge at the heart of the proliferation of […] ...
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June 27, 2018

Getting ready to weave new connections at the Mesoamerican Landscapes Dialogue

Regionally-unique shared challenges make collaborative action vital to sustainable landscapes across Mesoamerica. This conference will catalyze it. The upcoming Mesoamerican Landscapes Dialogue is a golden opportunity to connect and learn from landscape leaders and multi-sector leaders across the region. It will be held in Costa Rica, on the campus of the Tropical Agricultural ...
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April 25, 2018

Developing Analysis with the Decisionmaking Scale in Mind

Ann M. Bartuska, Vice President for Land, Water, and Nature, Resources for the Future

As environmental and resource challenges become more complex—think climate change—sensible land use policy will require sophisticated and integrated analyses, looking at the holistic level of the landscape, not just its individual components. This has important implications for the design of research efforts and the communication of their results. In February, I participate ...
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