March 6, 2017 - March 9, 2017

African Landscapes Dialogue: Integrated Landscape Management in Practice

Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

All those working to achieve sustainable development, food security and climate resilience in Africa, please join us for this powerful multi-day learning and sharing event.

Leaders from community and farmer organizations, local governments, food and agri-businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders across Africa are working together through integrated landscape management to achieve multiple goals from their land and resources. They take different entry points and use different names, including forest landscape restoration, model forests, sustainable land and water management, and agriculture green growth corridors, to name just a few. If you are one of those people, the African Landscapes Dialogue is designed for you.

This learning event will provide a dynamic forum for leaders to share their diverse experiences with implementing integrated landscape management. They will participate in skills-building sessions, learn about new planning, management and monitoring tools demonstrated by their creators, visit firsthand landscapes where the power of integrated landscape approaches are visible, and more.

The African Landscapes Dialogue will gather the diverse communities of practice in sustainable landscapes at the beautiful campus of HOAREC&N in Ethiopia to learn together through:

  • Sharing best practices from their own landscapes
  • Sharing lessons learned from research and experiences across landscapes and countries
  • Exchanging tools and resources
  • Developing collaborative actions
  • Facilitated cross-sectoral conversation
  • Study tours of landscapes in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

This event is in service of The African Landscapes Action Plan, agreed at the 2014 Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa conference in Nairobi and endorsed by the African Union’s New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). The plan emphasized the importance of capacity-development to advance integrated landscape management across Africa.

The conference is hosted by the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center & Network (HOAREC&N) at their meetingplace in the Gullele Botanic Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Organizing partners include HOAREC&N, the African Model Forest Network, EcoAgriculture Partners, NEPAD/TerrAfrica, Solidaridad Network, the Water and Land Resources Center (WLRC) and the World Resources Institute.

Supporting partners include EcoAgriculture Partners, the Global Environment Facility, IUCN, the Netherlands Ministry for Economic Affairs, SwedBio, Solidaridad Network, and the World Resources Institute.

 

Conference Accommodations

Sarem International Hotel
Email: reservation@saremhotel.com; gm@saremhotel.com
Contact: Girum Legesse, +251-935-401-734

March 6

12:30

Check-in Opens

Welcome

Opening remarks and welcome plenary

Setting the stage: An overview of Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) in Africa

Afternoon

Group Discussions - Success Stories from Across Africa

Facilitated discussions featuring dynamic storytelling and detailed examination of selected cases.

Evening

Reception

Landscape Management Share Fair

Apply to share your initiative, program, tool, or research (anything you think could be of interest to African landscape leaders) on a poster. Posters will be hung up throughout the conference, and evening sessions will provide time for participants to interact with poster presenters.

March 7

Morning

Plenary - The African Landscapes Action Plan

Highlights of achievements from 2014-2016, part 1:

  • Landscape Partnerships and  Governance
  • Business for Sustainable Landscapes Initiative
  • Financing investments for sustainable landscapes: insights, models and tools

Group Discussions - Moving the Landscape Agenda Forward

Discussion groups: Landscape partnerships and governance; Business engagement; Financing solutions

Afternoon

Stocktaking on Regional Initiatives - Where are we, and where do we have to go

Multiple groups will gather to each review one of the many regional initiatives for sustainable landscapes in Africa (e.g. AFR100, The Great Green Wall Initiative, etc.), visiting its successes and challenges, providing feedback and insight to move it forward, and exploring opportunities to get involved/connect.

Want to lead a session highlighting the successes and challenges of your regional initiative? Complete this short expression of interest. 

Skills Session - A variety of skill-building workshops to improve landscape management on the ground

Apply to host a structured skill-building or training session. Submit an application.

Landscape Management Share Fair

Apply to share your initiative, program, tool, or research (anything you think could be of interest to African landscape leaders) on a poster. Posters will be hung up throughout the conference, and evening sessions will provide time for participants to interact with poster presenters.

March 8

Morning

Plenary - The African Landscapes Action Plan

Highlights of achievements from 2014-2016, part 2:

  • Landscape Academy
  • National Landscape Learning Exchanges
  • Policy support for ILM
  • Research/Building the Evidence

Discussion Groups - Implementation Issues

Facilitated intensive discussion on challenges for implementing integrated landscape management.

Afternoon

Skills Session - A variety of skill-building workshops to improve landscape management on the ground

Apply to host a structured skill-building or training session. Submit an application.

Discussion Groups - National Knowledge Exchanges

Facilitated discussion with participants from the same country or region about particular national or regional challenges.

Policymaker Panel

A panel discussion among national and local policymakers on the barriers to and opportunities for creating enabling policies for integrated landscape management, on the question “How does cross-sectoral integration work in practice?”

March 9

Morning

Tools Bazaar

This will be a showcase for innovative hands-on tools or methodologies used in integrated landscape management. Learn directly from each other about the tools you have developed or used. If you want to share a tool in the bazaar, click here to describe your tool so we can add it to the list!

Tool presentations will be maximum 30 minutes each. All participants will have the opportunity to select which tool presentation to attend, so please write a compelling description of your tool including its audience and purpose. 

Plenary - What we learned and where we go from here

Digesting the outcomes from group discussions, the “wall of ideas,” and more.

Lunch

Farewell and closing over a shared meal

The best way to solidify commitments to action with new friends and colleagues.

 

March 10-11

Field Visit

Central Rift Valley - Sign up required, participation is limited

Participants to the conference are eligible to join us (on a first-come, first-serve registration basis, with 30 total spaces) on a learning journey to the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia on March 10th and 11th. 

Plan: Buses will depart from the Sarem Hotel at 8am on Friday March 10th, and head to the shores of Lake Ziway. The learning journey will include stops at the following locales in the Central Rift Valley:

  • Sher flower farm and its artificial wetland system
  • Shore of Lake Abyata
  • Castel winery
  • Soil and More composting site
  • SEDA closure area at Kamo Gerbi Kebele

Very basic accommodations will be provided overnight on March 10th. Lunch and dinner on March 10th, and breakfast and lunch on March 11th will be provided. The bus will return to Addis by 4pm on March 11th.

Registered conference attendees are eligible to sign up by clicking here.

Lake Shalla in Ethiopia - Lanzen