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SLU on the stage at the Global Landscapes Forum Africa

Published: 27 May 2021

Next week, on 2-3 June 2021, Global Landscape Forum (GLF) will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again. SLU contributes with its expertise.

GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands will be held in the beginning stages of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs from 2021 to 2030. The Decade calls on the international community, civil society, businesses, politicians, and individuals to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. Africa is taking up the challenge and aims to restore at least 100 million hectares of land by 2030. 

SLU hosts one of the sessions

During the two-days conference SLU contributes with its expertise by hosting one of the sessions and several of our researchers also take the stage as speakers. The session, held on 3 June, is called The Wood Solution: The key to driving large-scale forest restoration. Partners for the session are Eco Innovation and OKO Forest.

SLU speakers at the GLF Africa are
Rosa Goodman, Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Thomas Kätterer, Department of Ecology
Lars Laestadius, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Eco Innovation
Cecilia Sundberg, Department of Energy and Technology

Register for the conference and get more information here.


Why the drylands?


  • are defined as arid, semiarid, and dry sub-humid areas. They represent about 43 percent of Africa’s land surface and are home to about 50 percent of the continent’s population, including a disproportionate share of its poor.
  • are rich in biodiversity and can host different land use types, such as farmland, rangeland, dryland forest, or for nature conservation.
  • provide food, fodder, fiber, and fuel, while their soils sequester tons of carbon every year.
  • provide jobs and livelihoods for millions of people, including a population of young people estimated to reach 1.3 billion by 2030.

Sources: The Aridity Index and GLF Africa


Rosa Goodman, Senior Lecturer
Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff, +46907868168