September 27, 2014

The Time is Now: Take Action on Climate Change in Africa

Editor’s note: The release of the African Landscapes Action Plan strategically coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit currently underway in New York City, as well as the launch of the Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance. The Agroforestry World Blog takes note of this timing, noting that the success of these meetings comes from swift, translatable action. As the outcome of the 2014 Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature in Africa Conference, the Action Plan addresses relevant policies and programs that could contribute to mitigating the rising threat of climate change in Africa.  

With several high-level international climate meetings underway this week, it is vital to ensure that commitments translate, quickly, into actions that have both climate mitigation as well as adaptation benefits.

The newly released African Landscapes Action Plan provides such practical actions. It includes policy and program recommendations for national, regional and international action in direct response to the challenges of climate change and rapid population growth across Africa.

Based on concrete successes and ongoing best practice from around the continent, the plan includes actions for integrated landscape management programs and practices that can quickly go to scale and have significant impact across Africa in achieving food security and biodiversity and climate objectives.

Read the full blog post by Kate Langford from the World Agroforestry Centre’s Agroforestry World Blog and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Do you believe the African landscapes Action Plan will provide the momentum needed to tackle climate change in Africa?

Download the African Landscapes Action Plan to learn more!

Photo: Custer and Wildhaber Photography on Flickr

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