Second Annual AFR100 Partnership Conference

The East Africa team participated in the Second Annual AFR100 Partnership Conference which took place in Niamey, Niger September 26-27. Partnerships for Forests helped develop two White Papers which were presented at the conference – one on ‘Guiding Principles for Measuring and Monitoring Progress on Forest and Landscape Restoration in Africa’, and one on ‘Voluntary Guidelines for Forest Landscape Restoration under AFR100’.

In addition, Berkessa Geletha, Project Associate with the East Africa team, presented at a session with the theme ‘Mobilising Resources for Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR): Options from public and private funding’. In order to achieve the ambitious goal of the AFR100 Initiative – to restore 100 million ha of degraded forest and tree-rich landscapes until 2030 – efforts undertaken by national governments will need to be supported and seed-funded by a mix of public and private funding for implementing FLR activities. The session aimed to give an overview of possible funding instruments accessible to AFR100 countries, covering international finance mechanisms as well as presenting options funding from private sources. As one of the public funds focusing on forest restoration and sustainable land use, Berkessa highlighted how forest landscape projects in African countries can benefit from the blend of technical assistance and grant funding that Partnerships for Forests has to offer.