Landscape Partnership Asia
Restoring Drylands and Drought-Prone Areas
Building a green, healthy and resilient future with forests
17:30–19:00 (KST), Monday 2 May 2022
The official launch of the Partnership will take place at a formal side event of the World Forestry Congress, in person in Seoul, Republic of Korea and online.
The launch will feature presentations from Landscape Partnership Asia’s partners and distinguished guests who will join a panel discussion on the importance of forest landscape restoration for achieving land degradation neutrality by 2030, in Asia and beyond.
The side event will unveil the Partnership’s 10-year Vision, Strategy and Roadmap.
Investment and membership opportunities will be shared alongside activities to support achievements toward zero net land degradation.
Join founding partner representatives for an overview of Landscape Partnership Asia, why dryland and drought-prone area restoration in Asia is important, how the Partnership will address the biggest challenges in the region and how the program will impact Asia and the world.
Audience members will also have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated Q&A.
For details of speakers and the full agenda please click here.
Background to Landscape Partnership Asia
Land degradation is negatively affecting the well-being of the world’s critical dryland ecosystems, which are home to 2.5 billion people. In Asia, drylands represent over 50% of the continent’s land surface. Despite the growing challenges of land degradation on biodiversity conservation, food security and climate-change mitigation and adaptation, few transboundary initiatives exist to restore degraded drylands drought-prone areas in Asia.
To address this gap, the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization, the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), and the Global EverGreening Alliance established the Landscape Partnership Asia.
The partners, with many others, aim to bring 10 million hectares of degraded land under integrated dryland and drought management by 2032. At least 14 countries in Central, East, South and Southeast Asia have already confirmed their participation, with more expected to join.
Asian Forest Cooperation Organization, Center for International Forestry Research, Global EverGreening Alliance, World Agroforestry (ICRAF). 2021. Landscape Partnership Asia: restoring drylands and drought-prone areas: vision, strategy and roadmap. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Asian Forest Cooperation Organization; Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research; Melbourne, Australia: Global EverGreening Alliance; Bogor, Indonesia: World Agroforestry (ICRAF).
Asian Forest Cooperation Organization, Center for International Forestry Research, Global EverGreening Alliance, World Agroforestry (ICRAF). 2021. Landscape Partnership Asia: restoring drylands and drought-prone areas: program overview. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Asian Forest Cooperation Organization; Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research; Melbourne, Australia: Global EverGreening Alliance; Bogor, Indonesia: World Agroforestry (ICRAF).
Background on Asian drylands and drought-prone areas
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