June 25, 2020 | 9-10:30am ET

Landscape Roundtable: Insights from The African Landscape Action Plan, Phase 3 (virtual event)

Online only via Zoom (follow this link to register)

Join us for the next Landscape Roundtable convened by FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners discussing Phase 3 of the African Landscape Action Plan (ALAP), which lays out a strategy for achieving sustainable development in Africa through integrated landscape management (ILM). African leaders of the November 2019 African Landscape Dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania, will provide insights on recent progress and the recommendations for action developed during the Dialogue, around landscape partnerships and governance, achieving biodiversity conservation and climate-smart agriculture through ILM, business and finance, land use planning, and policy.

Register for the event here or follow the link above.

The November Dialogue, convened in Arusha, Tanzania, was the third in a series of Africa-wide dialogues among local leaders of integrated landscape partnerships and others working with them to share innovations and lessons from the field, convened by the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature initiative. The first, held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014,  generated the initial African Landscapes Action Plan, which was endorsed by the African Union. The second Dialogue, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2017, produced an updated ALAP Phase 2.

We invite everyone working to advance integrated landscape management in Africa to join this Roundtable.

About the Series

The Landscape Roundtable is part of an on-going series of discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture and landscapes. EcoAgriculture Partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America have jointly organized the series since 2009.


9:00 am Orientation on use of the meeting technology

9:05 am Welcome from FAO-North America Office: Vimlendra Sharan

9:10 am Welcome from EcoAgriculture Partners and brief history of the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP): Sara J. Scherr

9:15 am  Recommendations of the African Landscapes Action Plan, Phase 3 (biographies of the speakers can be found here)

  • African Landscapes Dialogue and Overview of the ALAP process: Louise Buck (EcoAgriculture Partners / Cornell University)
  • Climate-smart agriculture through ILM: John Recha (CCAFS/SANREM Africa)
  • Biodiversity conservation through ILM: John Ajjugo (Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network, HoA-REC&N)
  • Business and market development for ILM: Nancy Rapando (Solidaridad East Africa)
  • Landscape finance: Mao Amis (African Centre for a Green Economy, AfriCGE)
  •  Inclusion of women and youth in integrated landscape management:  Njeri  Kimotho (Solidaridad East Africa)
  • FAO collaboration in advancing the ALAP in Tanzania: Mponda Malozo (FAO in Tanzania)
  • National policy to support ILM in Africa: Luc Gnacadja (former Minister of Environment, Housing, Urban and Regional Development of Benin; former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification)

9:55 am  Interaction with the audience: Q&A and discussion of opportunities to activate and advance the ALAP.



John Ajjugo: John Moi Venus Ajjugo is an environment and conservation policy analyst and a practitioner with experience in biodiversity conservation, protected area management and climate change. Before joining HoA-REC&N, John had worked as the GEF Assistant Protected Area Manager coordinating the Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UNDP funded biodiversity conservation and protected area network management project being executed by Wildlife Conservation Society South Sudan Program. Currently, John works as a Programme Officer for Horn of Africa Climate Change Programme

Mao Amis: Dr Amis is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriCGE) and Adjunct Associate Professor, at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. AfriCGE is a non-profit think tank and capacity building organization based in South Africa. Prior to founding Africege, Dr. Amis worked as program manager for a leading global environmental firm and for a management consultancy firm, both in South Africa. 

Louise Buck: Dr. Buck has led EcoAgriculture Partners’ capacity-building work since their founding, developing and piloting training materials to improve leadership, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and technical abilities for integrated landscape leaders around the world. A Senior Extension Associate with the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, Louise leads the joint EcoAgriculture Partners-Cornell University Landscape Measures Initiative and the Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group. 

Chimère Diaw: Chimère Diaw is the Director-General of the African Model Forest Network (AMFN) and a member of the International Networking Committee of the IMFN (International Model Forest Network). He is one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the ongoing Africa Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for IPBES, the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. A member of the Board of Directors of Ecoagriculture Partners, and of the LDC Independent Expert Group (IEG) on the UN Post-2015 agenda, he also is the convener in Cameroon of the Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG), a network coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and active in 11 countries.

Luc Gnacadja: Luc Gnacadja is the founder of “GPS-Dev (Governance and Policies for Sustainable Development)”, a “Think tank for Doers” to challenge business-as-usual and advance feasible transition pathways towards sustainability in the developing world. Among other commitments, he is currently serving as the Special Representative of the LoCAL Programme Board, a facility managed by the UNCDF that provides climate change adaptation finance to local governments especially in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Luc previously served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UNCCD (2007-2013) and as Minister of Environment, Housing, Urban and Regional Development of Benin (1999-2005). 

Njeri Kimotho: Njeri Kimotho is the Diversity & Inclusivity Specialist and Gender Task Force Leader at Solidaridad Network where she plans, monitors & evaluates gender mainstreaming performance in sectoral programmes as well as in internal organization gender inclusivity strategies. She previously worked at the regional level overseeing gender mainstreaming in East and Central Africa. 

Mponda Malozo: Mponda Malozo currently works with the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization as Agro meteorologist, and has a background an academic background on Agro-Environmental Management covering the entire Agro-Food and Agricultural production chain. He has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture at the Environment Management Unit as an Agriculture and Environmental Officer for eight years.

Nancy Rapando: Nancy Rapando is A climate and landscapes specialist advising Solidaridad East and Central Africa team and partners to become leaders in sustainability by supporting climate and landscape informed commodity-based business development.  Drawn from her passion and experience on the interconnectedness of nature and people, Nancy works with the Solidaridad team, commodity supply chain actors, communities and other stakeholders on developing sustainable business models that conserve biodiverse rich ecosystems while responding to climate threats. 

John Recha: Dr. Recha is a land management and climate change scientist, specializing in East Africa. In 2004, he founded the Environmental Resources Management Center for Sustainable Development (now called Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management – Africa, or SANREM-Africa) and now serves on its board. Since 2012, he has been involved in the collaboration of SANREM-Africa with EcoAgriculture Partners. He currently serves as a researcher in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Kenya.

Sara Scherr: Dr. Sara J. Scherr’s work focuses on inclusive agricultural development and sustainable land policy. An economist, she has been a prominent voice globally in promoting the restoration of degraded lands for food security and rural livelihoods. She founded the non-profit EcoAgriculture Partners in 2002 to promote agricultural strategies that also secure and restore ecosystem services. In 2011 she co-founded the global network ‘Landscapes for People, Food and Nature’, and in 2019 began the ‘1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People’ initiative to accelerate locally-led landscape regeneration around the world.

Vimlendra Sharan:  Vimlendra Sharan is the Director of the FAO Liaison Office for North America. Mr. Sharan brings with him more than two decades of national and international government leadership experience focusing on rural development, agriculture and food security issues. Mr Sharan has worked with the Indian Government extensively in rural and tribal areas of Maharashtra and has also been actively involved in agriculture and food policy formulation working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in New Delhi.