Better Land Use, Better Future for All

Wednesday, September 18th. 2013

During the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's COP11 in Windhoek, there will be a critical panel discussion on Better Land Use, Better Future for All - Partnering with civil society to enhance sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The side event - from 13:00-15:00 on September 18th - is being organised by the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, ENDA, Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) and the UNOPS/Equator Initiative, which are collaborating on a 3-year, multifaceted initiative – funded by UNDP and GEF – to tackle the challenges that have prevented civil society organisations and local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa from actively participating in sustainable land management (SLM) processes – and so help to promote better land use and a better future for all.

The panel discussion and Q&A will look at a range of critical issues, including:

  • What are the emerging drivers of land degradation?
  • What is the role and the impact of extractive industries?
  • How do we assist communities to respond to emerging challenges and to amplify their voices so that they participate more fully in national, regional and international SLM processes?
  • How can CSOs be supported so that they collaborate more effectively and play a more constructive role?

When:   13:00 – 15:00 (including lunch)
Where:  Meeting Room 7, Windhoek Country Club and Resort

Juliane Zeidler, Chairperson of IUCN Commission on Education & Communication;
Emmaunel Seck, Programme Manager, Knowledge Management & Environment, ENDA;
Eileen de Ravin, Manager, Equator Initiative;
Kingray Gowera, Managing Director of Spatial IQ; and
Dr Claude Kabemba, Director of SARW



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