‘Drylands and Rangelands: Harnessing Change’ at Global Landscapes Forum in New York

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is delighted to announce that a session devoted to drylands and rangelands is being incorporated in the agenda of a big event of the estimable Global Landscapes Forum, which is taking place all day tomorrow, in New York City. The theme of this forum, which led by ILRI’s sister CGIAR centre, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), is ‘Restore the Earth: Opportunities and Partnerships’.
The objectives of the forum are the following:
      • With key stakeholders, lay the foundation to set the agenda of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030
      • Raise awareness of opportunities in large-scale ecosystem restoration
      • Forge new, non-traditional partnerships in ecosystem restoration work
      • Coordinate and increase support for ecosystem restoration
      • Explore restoration needs for five ecosystems: forests/agriculture, wetlands/peatlands, mountains, drylands/rangelands, oceans/coasts
      • Strengthen, expand and connect existing restoration initiatives
The session on Drylands and Rangelands: Harnessing Change is organized by the ILC’s Rangelands Initiative and will take the audience on a journey to three parts of the world—Central Asia, Africa and Latin America—to hear the stories of pastoralists and other land users living there. The challenges that these people face will be discussed together with examples of innovations that they are using to protect and restore the productivities of drylands and rangelands for local and national economies, food production and biodiversity conservation.

The dearth of good data on rangelands and drylands will be highlighted, and a pathway mapped out for drawing sufficient attention to, and investment in, rangelands and drylands through the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

A synopsis of what the six presenters will say tomorrow follows. . . .