ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION INITIATIVES IN AFRICA

 

The African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) is a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. AFR100 contributes to the Bonn Challenge, the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI), the African Union Agenda 2063, the Sustainable Development Goals and other targets. 

 

 

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) is an African-led movement aimed at restoring 10 million hectares of degraded land every year until 2030 along an 8,000 km stretch across the entire width of Africa. After 10 years and roughly 15% underway, the initiative has brought back life back to Africa’s degraded landscapes at an unprecedented rate. The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats  facing the African Continent and the global community– notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration. Once completed, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet.

 

The Restoration Initiative (TRI) is a programme to help countries restore degraded landscapes at scale. With $54 million in grant support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the programme provides tailored support in policy development and integration, implementation of restoration programmes and complementary initiatives, capacity building and finance mobilization, and knowledge sharing and partnerships. 

 

The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD+) aims to reduce forest emissions and enhance carbon stocks in forests while advancing national sustainable development and mitigating climate change. It supports more than 64 developing countries, including 28 African countries, to  develop and implement national REDD+ strategies and programmes, build capacities on key REDD+ technical issues, access well-documented evidence-based knowledge and share valuable REDD+ related technical information and tools. 

 

The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) is a unique initiative targeting Central African forests. Forests are the largest storehouse of carbon after the oceans. Healthy, resilient forests play a critical role in combating global climate change. Forests provide many other ecosystem services and social benefits that contribute to human well-being. Central Africa is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world. It has been mostly spared from loss so far but is under increasing pressure and the land use and forestry sector is the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the region.

 

 

The Mangrove Capital Africa Programme is a ten-year initiative implemented by Wetlands International to safeguard and restore African mangrove ecosystems for the benefit of people and nature. Its target is have 1 million hectares of African mangroves conserved or restored by 2027 thereby maintaining their biodiversity while also benefiting some 2 million people.

 

The Sustainability, Stability, Security (3S Initiative) is an inter-governmental action launched by Morocco and Senegal to address the root causes of instability in Africa – in particular migration and conflict related to the degradation of natural resources – through an innovative approach. The bold, innovative and ambitious solutions envisioned by the 3S Initiative have been widely acknowledged and welcomed by the international community. The initiative works to provide alternatives to forced migration and radicalization.

 

 

 

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