Dryland Forestry

The COFO Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems

Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems

Much more than meets the eye: Exploring, strengthening and reviving Drylands

The Second Session of the COFO WG on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems aims to provide a platform for members and observers to draw a strategic workplan for the new biennium (2022-2024). Officially hosted by Tanzania, this Session will be held in a virtual capacity due to the current global challenges. This provides us with an opportunity to ensure a higher level of participation and develop a comprehensive understanding of the value that is contained in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems.

Collaborative, interactive and impactful knowledge sharing will be the backbone of this two-day virtual event; and an innovative forward-looking strategy will be achieved through a call for posters, technical events, knowledge cafes and more. Members will leverage the results of the call for events, posters and knowledge cafes to design the workplan 2022-2024.

Proposed technical themes:

  • Transforming Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral production systems
  • Innovative ways to monitor and restore our lands
  • Building back better to enhance the communities’ resilience to the effects of climate change
  • Sustainable knowledge management and effective cross-pollination between dryland regions.

Call for Events

Call for Events

A total of 5 technical events will take place in parallel and each will last 1.5h. Interpretation and technical assistance of the zoom platform will be provided to the organizers.

The call for events will be open from 1 July 2021 to 20 September 2021 and the proposals should be submitted via email at [email protected] The selected organizers will be informed on 30 September 2021 and they should provide a final Agenda and relevant resources by 5 November 2021.

At the first stage of submission of proposals for the technical events is requested:  

  • Tentative title of the technical event,   
  • Aim of the event with a summary of 200 words,  
  • Key messages that will contribute to the described themes: 
  • Possible contributors you would like to jointly conduct the event with (if any)   
  • References (i.e. websites, project documents, programmes, etc)    
  • The language in which the session will be conducted.

Call for Posters

Call for Posters

Building back better cannot be achieved without social and economic investment in drylands and information-based policy making. Combatting land degradation and desertification means conserving biodiversity, supporting livelihoods and protecting our planet. Nearly 40% of the world’s population lives in Dryland regions and it is our mission to ensure no one is left behind.

The 2nd Session is opening a call for posters to show the world what is at stake. The 3 winning posters will be embedded in the technical themes of the 2nd Session and will provide a visual identity to the two-day long event.

E-posters should be submitted via email at [email protected] by 30 October 2021.