Hafdís Hanna Aegisdottir
The status of the global environment has deteriorated in the last decades, with major increases in degraded land, freshwater uses and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Land degradation has become a major threat to both earth’s ecosystems and human livelihoods, accelerating climate change, causing land to be more predisposed to natural disasters, risking food security, and contributing to increasing conflicts and refugee crises. With an ever-growing world population, demand for land will continue to rise, putting more pressure on land resources and increasing people’s vulnerability to food insecurity and poverty. Land restoration is highly important to address these challenges. Restoration reverses land degradation and helps mitigate and adapt to climate change, while at the same time it improves people’s livelihoods. The UN University Land Restoration Training Programme has for over 10 years built capacities of specialists working for local institutions in several African countries in ecological restoration and sustainable land management. In this talk, we discuss the role of capacity building for restoring land in Africa. We will present results from a survey sent out to former trainees on how the training has strengthened their individual capacity as well as the capacity of their institutions, to improve land health and people’s livelihoods.
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019
Society for Ecological Restoration