Check out our community-driven investment guide for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, entitled “From the Bottom Up, Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Land Management” available here.
Sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration have a range of co-benefits, yet long-term adoption of the necessary practices often remain an elusive goal: Inclusive investments in sustainable land management (SLM) are an important response to the urgency of addressing trends of increasing land degradation to address climate change, maintain ecosystem services and enhance food security. Land degradation negatively affects the well-being of more than 3 billion people. Vulnerable and marginalized population groups feel these negative impacts the most. It is estimated that, by 2050, 4 billion people will live in drylands greatly affected by an increased occurrence of extreme weather events, decreasing land productivity and reduced crop yields. SLM is of the essence. However, analyses show that SLM programmes often fail to achieve sustained impact.
Meta analyses of SLM show that the prime reasons for non-adoption are social and institutional: Analyses of SLM programmes demonstrate that the reasons for the lack of adoption of SLM measures often lie in the socio-economic realm: insecure land tenure undermines investments in sustainable land management, extension services do not reach food insecure farmers, and financial services are inaccessible or unaffordable. Despite the theoretical recognition of the importance of investing in these socio-economic conditions, SLM programmes often fail to effectively respond to it. Insufficient attention towards the enabling environment is one of the key reasons why investments in SLM often do not achieve sustained impact.
Our starting point: The Global Soil Week 2019 – initial answers on how to create an enabling environment: Under the title “Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa”, the Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 set out to analyse successful examples of how investments in SLM need to look like in order to create enabling environments at the local level and to achieve sustained impacts, especially in support of vulnerable and marginalized groups. Together with the government of India and the co-hosting governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Kenya, the GSW 2019 gathered more than 200 scientists, policymakers, implementers and government representatives to identify strategies to create an enabling environment for sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture. This bottom-up learning process was rooted in the exploration of concrete case studies from which we collectively drew lessons on how to create an enabling environment for sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture.
GSW 2019 & Beyond: Call for evidence
The GSW has identified key investment strategies for creating an enabling environment for sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture based on the analysis of thirty cases from across the African continent. We would like to expand this knowledge and call for additional case-based examples to show HOW enabling environments can be created on the local level to support and secure long-term impacts of investment in sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration.
Please use the form below to submit an example and join us in creating a growing evidence base of community-driven, tangible practices that demonstrate how efforts toward global goals can be implemented and sustained through the creation of an enabling environment. If you agree, we will contact you to discuss your example further.