Download the roundtable communique here.
It is increasingly recognised that the health of the world’s soils is central to global efforts to overcome a wide range of pressing issues, from hunger to insecurity to poverty to climate change. We know that restoring degraded land has great potential to increase food production, increase incomes, sequester carbon and lessen conflict – four fifths of which now take place in the world’s drylands.
While there are many important and successful grass-roots restoration initiatives, time is running out to scale these up and to ensure that farmers receive a fair share of the benefits generated downstream by their restoration efforts.
We must also urgently find a way to apply the scientific consensus as it stands today into global policy and large scale investment.
The policymakers roundtable took place on the sidelines of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017.
This roundtable discussion provided a unique opportunity for 17 of the world’s leading thinkers and representatives on this issue to gather together informally and exchange on ways we can together accelerate global action on soil conservation and restoration.
Following 2.5 days of intense discussions, the group produced a Communique entitled: Land for the Sake of Peace and Security. Read the communique here.
Policymakers Roundtable participants:
Luc Gnacadja, Special Representative of the LoCAL Programme Board and Convenor of Policymakers Roundtable
Hon. Issa Mardo Djabir, Member of the National Assembly, Chad
Chris Elliot, Executive Director, Climate and Land Use Alliance
Sophia Faruqi, Manager, New Restoration Economy, World Resources Institute
Willem Ferweda, CEO, Commonland Group
Lauren Fletcher, CEO, Biocarbon Engineering
Martin Frick, Chair, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace
David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance, UN Capital Development Fund
Geoffrey Lean, Consultant, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, DG, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 2007 – 2015
Simeon Max, Forestry Project Officer, Fairventures Worldwide GmbH
Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Hon. Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister for the Environment, Zimbabwe
Mark Smith, Director, Global Water Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Muhammad Swazuri, Chair, Kenya National Land Commission
Youssif El Tayeb, Executive Director, Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency
Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peace Building Platform