Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes

GLF Africa - Reaching impact across the board: Scaling up, out and deep through knowledge and integration-based approaches

Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), Hybrid Event, 15/09/2022

FAO/Luis Tato

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Achieving resilient, regenerative landscapes to address food and nutrition insecurity requires integrated approaches across sectors and involvement from stakeholders at all levels. Effective, consistent and programmatic knowledge management plays a key role in ensuring these goals are met in a strategic manner. This side event, organized under the general context of the FAO-led GEF-7 Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes, will bring together executing agencies from four Global Environment Facility (GEF) Impact Programs to present, compare and discuss how effective knowledge sharing is a catalytic tool for assuring greater results on the ground, even after the lifespan of the project. Concrete, innovative and replicable knowledge sharing approaches and lessons learned will be presented and discussed with country-level testimonials. The aim is to learn and inspire replication allowing for past experiences to harness future goals and ambitions of transformative Impact Programs


Moderator: Patrick Kalas, GEF-7 Impact Programs Capacity and Institutional Development Officer, Forestry Division, FAO

Opening remarks:

  • Agriculture-Forestry synergies: breaking silos and working together for a better food future: Ewald Rametsteiner, Deputy Director Forestry Division, FAO
  • The importance of integrated and programmatic approaches and effective knowledge management in the Global Environment Facility (GEF): Ulrich Apel, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF

Integrated Programs and knowledge management - Looking back and forward:

  • GEF-6 Food Securities Integrated Approach Pilot Program: Jonky Tenou, Task Manager, Integrated Approach Program, IFAD
  • Lessons learned on knowledge exchange between the stakeholders: Sandra Berman, Senior Environmental consultant, World Bank, Amazon Sustainable Landscape Program (ASL)
  • Access to knowledge products, tools and platforms for indigenous and local communities: Johannes Refisch, GRASP Program Manager and GRASP Coordinator, United Nation Environment Programme, Congo Basin Sustainable Landscapes Programme
  • GEF-7 Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program: Fritjof Boerstler, GEF-7 Impact Programs Coordinator, Forestry Division, FAO

Context-specific country stories on challenges and opportunities across the board and how integration-based approaches and effective knowledge sharing across borders have enabled progress:

  •  Converting knowledge into practice - Lilia Java, Indigenous community representative of municipality of Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia (video recording)
  • Achieving replication and scalability through knowledge exchange Malawi: GEF-6 and GEF-7 cross-pollination - Harrington Nyirenda, District Coordinator, FAO Malawi
  • Going beyond business-as-usual approaches for knowledge sharing - Mufaro Theodorah Manyanga, Team Leader, Linkages for Economic Advancement for the Disadvantaged, Zimbabwe 
  • Advocating for better natural resource management - Angela Nyanchama, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya