TerrAfrica

For Sustainable Land and Water Management in Africa (SLWM) to work, sustained support and harmonised efforts at the national level and on the ground are needed to enhance efficiencies and allow economies of scale. To better address transboundary dimensions, significant and effective political, strategic and technical backing at the regional and global levels is necessary, it is also essential that efforts to mainstream SLWM are backed up by solid analytical underpinnings.

The TerrAfrica Partnership leverages funds to scale up sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a regional initiative to support African countries developharmonisedandprogramme-based initiatives in SLWM. TerrAfricaalso works to improve coordination between African governments, the international development community and other global and regional stakeholders. The programme contributes to realising the objectives of CAADP and the Action Plan of the NEPAD Environment Initiative.

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36 projects in 26 countries are currently being financed by TerrAfrica’s Strategic Investment Programme (SIP), with close to US$2 billion from leveraged financing.

For Sustainable Land and Water Management in Africa (SLWM) to work, sustained support and harmonised efforts at the national level and on the ground are needed to enhance efficiencies and allow economies of scale. To better address transboundary dimensions, significant and effective political, strategic and technical backing at the regional and global levels is necessary, it is also essential that efforts to mainstream SLWM are backed up by solid analytical underpinnings. 

The TerrAfrica Partnership leverages funds to scale up sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a regional initiative to support African countries develop harmonised and programme-based initiatives in SLWM. TerrAfrica also works to improve coordination between African governments, the international development community and other global and regional stakeholders. The programme contributes to realising the objectives of CAADP and the Action Plan of the NEPAD Environment Initiative.

Results:

Through the intervention of the TLF by providing seed funding for financing activities contributing to the three TerrAfrica core areas,  the following results have been achieved:

1.    Coalition Building: the TLF has allowed strategic positioning of TerrAfrica as a contributorto the drylands and desertification agenda and particularly deepen its engagement to Africa’s drylands through partnerships such as the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGWI), and more recently through a broad coalition of partners for an African Resilient Landscape initiative.
 

2.    Knowledge Support: TLF has supported SLM analytical studies, generated and disseminated best practices and tools, outreaches and trainings and south-south exchange learning and innovative multi-media communications. Examples of knowledge products include the Land for Life  magazine which presents 40 innovative case studies from all over the world, illustrating how degraded land can be restored; the Country Support Tool for scaling up sustainable land and water management in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Landscape Approaches for Enhancing Resilience in Africa’s Drylands manual. 
 

3.    Country Investments: TLF has supported the integration of SLWM into national environment and agricultural frameworks through the development of SLM Country Strategic Investment Frameworks (CSIF). Country SLM Investment Framework (CSIF) is an important operational tool for programmatic engagement. As a tool which countries can use to formulate comprehensive country programs for scaling up SLM, facilitated by TerrAfrica and SIP to contribute to the country’s development priorities, it has value addition in rallying multiple stakeholders around a common vision, and mobilizing investment financing through a programmatic approach. 

Action Plans

Alongside the urgency of fulfilling short-term economic growth prospects, long-term goals of sustainable development cannot be ignored. The Action Plan of the Environment Initiative of NEPAD takes into considerationthe long -erm approach towards environmental sustainability, socio-economic...

Policy Briefs

This paper explores the various ways of advancing landscape governance in Africa. It begins with a review of the experiences from a few African countries where sustainable landscape governance systems have been implemented. These examples present outcomes of landscape governance and policies...

Based on the recommendations of the African Landscapes Action Plan, this synthesis of evidence summarises major findings from experiences and lessons learned in integrated landscape management research in Africa. The report summarises the recommendations at national, regional and international...

This policy brief aims to review the key policy issues of integrated landscape management (ILM) in Africa. It presents a review of current landscape approaches and actions in various African countries at national and regional level, which have facilitated advances in ILM policy. Recommendations...

Agricultural landscapes have been at the centre of livelihoods and well-being of African populations for many generations. This paper presents findings from various publications which highlight the benefits of investing in integrated landscape management (ILM) research and development (R&D)...

Contrary to the increase in global demand for agricultural products, risks associated with the management of land and water resources are threatening the security of agricultural production in Africa. As production declines, both small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses are...

An increase in public investment in the agriculture sector has opened opportunities for much needed investments towards broader integrated landscape management (ILM) in Africa. This brief provides a review of the ILM finance environment in Africa. It briefly describes various sources of finance...

This paper addresses the need to develop capacities for strengthening integrated management of rural landscapes in Africa. It presents findings from studies investigating capacity development progress in the context of integrated landscape management. Three priority capacity development action...

Policy Report

The goal of the programme is to expand sustainable land and water management (SLWM) in targeted landscapes and climate vulnerable areas of the Sahel and West Africa regions. This publication consists of a comprehensive justification of the programme, the strategic approach,...

Publications

Science tells us that many plant species and ecosystems in Africa benefit from fire and indeed need fire to remain healthy. Traditional farmers recognize this and have for centuries frequently burnt grasslands to stimulate and maintain their grazing potential. However, in the last 150 years,...

Tools and Guidelines

This book of guidelines and best practise take a practical field approach to the adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) in Africa. Presented in the book are 13 major groups of SLM approaches, demonstrated through 47 case studies from the continent. The book is divided...

Training Materials

Photographic documentation allows for visual, simple and inexpensive means of documenting and assessing changes in landscape over time. This user’s manual has been developed to support land use researchers and practitioners in establishing a time-series photographic database. Contained in this...

The manual allows trainers of sustainable land management (SLM) professionals to design and conduct practical courses on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) from an integrated landscape management perspective.  The manual is divided into six units with learning activities that will enable...

The Spatial Planning and Monitoring Guide was developed with the aim of promoting the use of maps in cross-sectoral collaborations to efficiently identify, implement and monitor interventions in rural landscapes. The guide emphasises the importance of maps in an eight step approach to locating,...

06 February 2017
A team of three scientists and five assistants found 33 billion tons of carbon locked up in a Congo ecosystem – the equivalent of 20 years of current US fossil fuel emissions. The discovery is a key...
10 November 2016
The NEPAD Agency is undertaking a number of engagements towards supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Visit the Africa Pavilion at COP22 in Marrakech!!
14 October 2016
The NEPAD Agency and its partners (BMZ, WRI and World Bank) of the AFR 100 Initiative held the First Regional Conference of the AFR100 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
05 October 2016
Back in August during the Third Africa Drylands Week and Drought Conference held in Namibia, TerrAfrica Partnership under NEPAD Sustainable Land Management Program launched a short documentary-film...
11 August 2016
The NEPAD SLWM team through the TerrAfrica project together with the World Bank brought to light the concept of “bringing together the current knowledge about fire in the grasslands and savannas of...
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