This event aims to highlight and promote African leadership on the forest, land use and climate agendas, and to amplify the voices of IPLCs and their organizations, in international policy arenas on climate, land use and biodiversity.
COP26 saw a range of commitments being made on forests and rural livelihoods. These included the Glasgow Leaders’ Pledge to halt deforestation and land degradation, with commitments to facilitate trade and development policies that promote sustainable production and consumption, to increase public and private sector finance for forest protection, and to recognize and advance the role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) in managing and protecting forests.
While these are promising pledges, ensuring that marginalized and minoritized stakeholders are included in policy discussions and decision-making will be critical for their success, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where international cooperation and aid on forests have been small. There is a need to highlight and promote African leadership on the forest, land use and climate agendas, and to amplify the voices of IPLCs and their organizations, in international policy arenas on climate, land use and biodiversity.
This event will focus on key questions including:
- Who are the leaders in Central and West Africa making a difference in climate action, land use and forest governance?
- How can policymakers and practitioners enable leadership to have scalable impact?
- What needs to be done to support further engagement from the West and Central African region in international climate action?
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