Landscape restoration offers a critical pathway to transform global food systems, harnessing ecological and economic complexities. It requires the engagement of multiple actors across scales, as well as innovative approaches that build on credible scientific evidence. This requires stakeholder engagement approaches designed to integrate evidence and learning into programme and policy development.
We have entered the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, which signals an understanding of the critical contribution of restoration to the economic, social, and environmental objectives, as well as strong political will and commitment at the global level. However, the integration and use of evidence to leverage investments (locally, regionally and globally) still remains a key opportunity.
This session will highlight the role for evidence and science-based action to implement and scale landscape restoration interventions. We will engage in discussions around the evidence gaps and remaining questions that currently inhibit the scaling of restoration. We will showcase restoration action “on the ground” that integrates both capacity development and monitoring into the project cycle for more effective outcomes. We will showcase the concept of the Restoration Transformative Partnership Platform (TPPs) for evidence generation and leveraging at the local and global levels. TPPs are alliances, each focused on a critically important issue, in this case ecosystem restoration, that deliver a specific transformational result. Members of the TPP will collaborate to generate solutions through understanding problems, data collection, analysis and engagement processes. In closing, we will highlight an example of engagement with evidence for policy action at the national level, with a specific example from Kenya.
Bethanie Walder: Society for Ecological Restoration
Mieke Bourne: CIFOR-ICRAF- Stakeholder Engagement Lead and Regreening Africa Programme Manager
Alex Mugayi: World Vision Rwanda
Ravi Prabhu: CIFOR-ICRAF- Director of Innovation
Professor Hamadi Boga: Principal Secretary State Department for Crop Development and Agricultural Research, Kenya