On 29-30 August 2018, ACP YPN Expert Caroline Kawira participated in The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Nairobi at the United Nations (UN) compound in Gigiri. Caroline was one of one thousand participants that were present in person and another 13,380 were tuned in online.Prior to GLF Nairobi, a youth conference was held which brought about 100 youth conservation leaders together for a 4 week online training which culminated in a 2 day training in Nairobi preceding the GLF from the 27-28th August 2018. (You can get to know these youth leaders!) The most important outcomes from the youth conference was the need to define restoration readiness and consequently, to build a framework for restoration readiness. The youth training focused on 3 values: integrity, innovation and partnership.
GLF Nairobi focused on prospects and opportunities for restoration in Africa, namely on the political and financial support and capacity-building using a full range of global, national, regional and local insights on policy and practice. The aims of GLF Nairobi were:
- Leveraging and deepening existing networks, particularly at the regional level.
- Demonstrating that food security and environmental degradation are not mutually exclusive by balancing the long and short terms concerns.
- Integrating the rights and resources of communities, vulnerable groups and smallholders into the vision of sustainable longer term.
Several institutions were present from Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research institutions (CGIAR), UN bodies, regional and international government representatives, international financial institutions, academia, private businesses, scholars, NGOs, conservation institutions and many more. Notably, there was a focus on community conservation during the forum with a high attendance of institutions and people who are engaging in community conservation.
There was also a very high representation of institutions promoting restoration through the planting of trees. One eye-catching approach used by Vi Agroforestry allowed participants an opportunity to virtually plant a tree on a map of Africa and Vi Agroforestry promised to plant that tree in reality in one of their operation areas. Visitors to their stand planted 168 trees during the first day. Another impressive feature of the forum was a performance by Rocky Dawuni, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from Ghana. He was also designated as the Regional Goodwill Ambassador at the evening of celebrations during the close GLF Nairobi on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Watch his performance here)
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