First Regional Conference of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) is a country-led effort to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030. AFR100 will accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation, and combat rural poverty.

AFR100 responds to the African Union mandate to bring 100 million hectares of degraded land into restoration by 2030. It complements the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP) and the broader LDBA program of the African Union. AFR100 contributes to the achievement of domestic restoration and sustainable development commitments, the Bonn Challenge, and New York Declaration on Forests among many other targets. The initiative directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement. It builds on the experience and progress achieved through the TerrAfrica Partnership and related landscape restoration efforts. AFR100 has been launched and will build a “platform for implementation” that provides technical support and facilitates financing for partner countries. In its initial project phase, AFR100 is in the process of building up and strengthening the partnership, and leveraging additional resources to scale up successful forest landscape restoration practices in targeted landscapes. The aim of the AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) technical conference is to raise the level of awareness of the importance of restoration, review success stories, address challenges of bringing forest landscape restoration to scale and enhance a greater level of participation of the public, the private sector, and related agencies in the environmental sector.

Speakers: 

1. NEPAD - Mr. Mamadou Diakhité, Team Leader, Sustainable Land and Water Management    

2. World Bank - Mr. Philippe Dardel, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist

3. BMZ - Ms. Annelene Bremer, Senior Advisor

4. BMUB - Mr. Horst Freiberg, Head of Division, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forests

 5. WRI - Mr. Sean DeWitt, Director, Global Restoration Initiative 

6. Ms. Wanjira Mathai, Chair, Green Belt Movement and Global Restoration Council