Workshop 1

Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives:
Data – Knowledge – Action

This workshop builds on the partnerships with Ministries of Agriculture in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya and other stakeholders, established under the BMZ Initiative “One World, No Hunger”. Healthy soils and equitable use of land play crucial roles for sustainable development; as land degradation neutrality is fundamental for better livelihoods, ending hunger, improving human health and well-being, and can contribute to gender empowerment among other goals. Thereof, this workshop is designed to identify synergies that can support our collective of partners in catalyzing SDG implementation at local and national levels. Particularly, we will define some key gaps and challenges in existing policies that hinder broad-based sustainable soil management, and potentially strategic intervention areas for targeted investments in soils.


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This workshop will take place in English and French

Workshop 2

Right to defend Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

Secure access to land and natural resources is crucial for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Despite international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, marginalized people struggle to enjoy their legitimate land tenure rights given competing pressures on resources and injustice, often resulting in violent silencing of activists. Protecting land rights defenders and strengthening local accountability mechanisms is not only key to people’s lives, but is also essential to achieving the SDGs. By addressing the “shrinking civic space”, this workshop will utilize the Thematic Reviews promoted by the 2030 Agenda to create a support function for accountability at national levels by elaborating guidelines for government-led multi-stakeholder reporting and empowering local actors.


This workshop will only take place in English

Workshop 3

Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity

Soil and land are pivotal to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and achieve food security for all (SDG 1 and 2).  Yet, a multitude of actors and initiatives from different sectors rely on sustainable development scenarios that demand additional land. However, fertile soils are not only a finite and limitedly available resource, but also decreasingly available due to degradation. The workshop will first scrutinize the current status of soil and the accumulated projected demands, before assessing two solution approaches: land degradation neutrality and sustainable consumption and production. It will then discuss the responsibility to protect soils and land in order to remain within planetary boundaries and provide a solid foundation for sustainable development.


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This workshop will only take place in English



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