Africa loses 2.8 million hectares of forest each year, an area roughly the size of Saudi Arabia, and two thirds of its land is degraded. Yet, as countries mobilize to restore 100 million hectares by 2030, local communities are emerging as a driving force behind the movement to recover the continent’s landscapes.
Land degradation is estimated to cost the global economy up to $4.5 trillion a year, while economic benefits of restoration are an estimated $84 billion a year. In Africa, soil and nutrient depletion on cropland costs 3 percent of gross domestic product.
Communities and collaborators across sectors and governance levels have taken center stage at the Prospects and Opportunities for Restoration in Africa Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). The two-day event, which kicked off on Wednesday, attracted 800 delegates to UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi and 30,000 people online.
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