July 1, 2014 - July 3, 2014

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

The conference outcome document, The African Landscapes Action Plan, is now available.

Read more and download the plan.

Critical regional and international dialogues on food security, climate change, environment and sustainable development are underway. In the coming year major decisions on policy directions and investment will be made. In response, leading minds from African government, research, civil society and the private sector gathered in Nairobi to generate an ambitious agenda to enhance and scale effective integrated landscape initiatives for Africa. These initiatives will address in a coordinated way the full set of products and services required from land, biodiversity, water and other resources. By sharing the best in landscape management research and the lessons from years of local and national initiatives on the continent, meeting invitees generated a powerful set of policy and program recommendations for national, regional and international action. The outcome will also serve as basis for a high level conference on this subject to be organized in Africa in early 2015.

Nearly 200 experts, practitioners, businesspeople and leaders from across Africa and around the world attended the conference. Watch the opening plenary session below.


June 30


Pre-conference Field Trip

Integrated landscape management initiatives in Kenya’s Kikuyu Escarpment Forests and the Great Rift Valley: Visiting the Kijabe Environmental Volunteers in Lari landscape and Imarisha Naivasha’s Partnership for Sustainable Development

Buses depart from the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi at 7:30. 

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July 1


Arrival and Registration

Welcome music and light breakfast with coffee/tea provided.


Welcome: Overview of conference structure and objectives. Introduction of meeting facilitators.


Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre (View Presentation)

James K. Nyoro, Senior Advisor for Food Security, Government of Kenya

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Rob van Brouwershaven, Director of Nature and Biodiversity, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of The Netherlands



The Challenge and the Opportunity of Integrated Landscape Management

Landscapes in Africa: Trajectory of Change

Sara J. Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners and Chair, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative

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The imperative for landscape approaches for improved food security, ecosystem management and climate adaptation in Africa

Richard Munang, Africa Regional Climate Change Programme, UNEP

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What is a climate-smart, biodiversity-friendly, food-secure agricultural landscape?

Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics

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Participatory introductions of participants




Models of multi-stakeholder collaborative landscape management in Africa

Chimere Diaw, Director of African Model Forest Network

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Table discussion to share landscape initiatives and programs of participants


Business and investment opportunities in landscapes

Rob van Brouwershaven, Director, Nature and Biodiversity, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of the Netherlands

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Policy framework for integrated landscape management in Africa

Mamadou Diakhite, Team Leader, Sustainable Land and Water Management NEPAD

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Overview of agenda and action planning

Constance Neely, World Agroforestry Centre, and Cora van Oosten, Wageningen University


Group Photo



Exploring the themes, getting to action


Parallel session block one

There will be six parallel sessions, divided between two session blocks, one on each full day of the conference. Each session will focus on one key element promoting integrated landscape management, with the presenter and panelists sharing ‘best practice’ for implementing/supporting ILM, and the discussion, both in plenary and in small groups, leading to the formulation of concrete action items related to the topic. The theme of multi-stakeholder collaboration will be carried throughout all. The sessions will have the following format:

13:40-14:00: Presentation of summary of the synthesis document

14:00-14:20: Panel

14:20-14:40: Plenary discussion

14:40-15:00: Add/refine selection of action Items and organization of small action groups

15:00-15:15: Coffee break

15:15-16:15: Action groups formulate action plans, put on cards (for posting on Wall of Wonders)

16:15-16:45: Action groups present to the parallel session sub-plenary for refinement

Parallel Session

Policy: How can national/subnational policy more effectively support ILM in Africa?

Presenter: Joseph Tanui, World Agroforestry Centre

Panelists: Odigha Odigha, Cross River State Forestry Commission; Richard Munang, UNEP; Jessica Andrews, UNEP; Jean Jacque Mbonigaba, Director General, Rwanda Agricultural Board (tbc)

Parallel session

Governance: How can local landscape governance support multiple landscape objectives?

Presenter: Louise E. Buck, EcoAgriculture Partners
(view presentation)

Panelists: Mr. Awadh Chemangei, Kapchorwa District Landcare Chapter Chairperson/District Natural Resource Chairperson; Dr. Jean-Claude Njomkap, Africa Model Forests Program; Jeff Worden, Lead Scientist at Northern Rangeland Trust 

Parallel session

Business: How can businesses become engaged more effectively in ILM?

Presenter: Lee Gross, EcoAgriculture Partners
(view presentation)

Panelists: Richard Fox, Finlays-Kenya; Christian Mensah, Rainforest Alliance; George Sikoyo, Lake Victoria Basin Commission


Post Action Plans from parallel sessions


Full Plenary: Summary presentation from each Parallel Session and posting of action items on the Wall of Wonders


Participants enhance Wall of Wonders with constructive comments, additional ideas and recommendations for implementation.


Reception with music and bites


Buses depart for InterContinental Hotel

July 2


Buses depart from InterContinental

Coffee/tea will be available at ICRAF


Reflection of Day 1, Overview of Day 2


Panel Discussion: Experiences with ILM in Kenya

Overview of Kenyan Landscape Initiatives: Verrah Otiende, World Agroforestry Centre

Moderator: Mohamed Bakarr, GEF


David Kuria, KENVO
Anne Onyango, Director of Policy and External Relations, 
Hon. Joshua Irungu, Governor of Laikipia County (TBC)
Alice Kaudia, Environment Secretary
Kamau Mbogo, Imarisha Naivasha


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Experience with ILM in Burkina Faso

Moderator: Mamadou Diakhité, NEPAD


Michel Tankoana, SLM National Coordinator
Lamine Zerbo, CPP-MEDD 


Discussion - Enhancing the Wall of Wonders




Parallel session block two

In each session, facilitated group discussion will follow panelists.

Research: Priorities for research in African landscapes

Presenter: Christine Negra, EcoAgriculture Partners
(view presentation)


Wanja Kinuthia, Coordinator of EAFRINET and Kenya Pollination and Information Network, Zoology Department, National Museums of Kenya
Gete Zeleke, Director, Water and Land Management Resource Center, Ethiopia
Phosiso Sola, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Finance: How can integrated landscape investment in Africa be financed?

Presenter: Seth Shames, EcoAgriculture Partners
(view presentation)


Elsie Attafuah, UNDP
Kwame Awere-Gyeke, Global Mechanism
Mohamed Bakarr, Global Environment Facility

Capacities: Strengthening capacities for collaborative landscape management in Africa 

Presenter: Louise E. Buck, EcoAgriculture Partners
(view presentation)


Effatah Jele, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
Richard Nasasira, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Rwanda
Leah Mwangi, Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), Kenya
Jane Ngige, Kenya Flower Council


Posting of Action Plans


Summarizing Parallel Sessions


Enhance Wall of Wonders




Buses depart for conference hotel

July 3


Tool Bazaar: Experiencing the tools for landscape action

Interactive sessions; coffee/tea available

Prior to Conference, LPFN made a ‘call’ for tools for ILM and these have been compiled into a resource packet for participants.

Many of these tools, from participatory planning to governance to field training to M&E for landscape initiatives will be demonstrated by practitioners/tool developers in interactive sessions for small groups. 15-20 tools will be demonstrated in the bazaar, and participants will be encouraged to attend 2-3 different demos during this period.


Closing Session: Defining the roadmap to 2015


Technical Presentation of the draft Action Plan

Andre Brasser, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of The Netherlands


Reactions to and discussion of the draft Action Plan

Update: View the finalized African Landscapes Action Plan now.

Close and Thanks


Lunch served and side session period begins.


Bus departs for InterContinental Hotel

LPFN in Africa

Side Events

Identifying landscape approaches around the world

An informal consultation, discussing the research question "How have landscape approaches evolved and to what extent have they been implemented in practice?" Contact James Reed for more information or to confirm your interest in participating. RSVP is not required.

Organized by CIFOR.

Science Communications for Policy Impact

How can we make science relevant to policy makers? Communicators and policy makers discuss what works and what doesn’t work. Contact Abby Waldorf to confirm your interest in participating. Advance RSVPs are encouraged to help structure the program.

Organized by the Water, Land and Ecosystems CRP, ILRI, and EcoAgriculture Partners