Imarisha Naivasha has been invited to the African Landscapes Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is taking place from March 6-9, 2017.
The event is an opportunity for African leaders implementing landscape initiatives of diverse types to exchange experience and tools and develop collaborative activities.
Imarisha Naivasha will be represented by the Chief Executive Officer, Kamau Mbogo, at the annual meet, whose theme is “Integrated Landscape Management in Practice”. The Dialogue brings together people working to achieve sustainable development, food security, and climate resilience in Africa in a knowledge exchange and learning event.
According to EcoAgriculture through its Landscapes for People, Food and Nature website, the African Landscapes Dialogue will provide a dynamic forum for leaders to share their diverse experiences with implementing integrated landscape management.
“They will participate in skills-building sessions, learn about new planning, management and monitoring tools demonstrated by their creators, visit firsthand landscapes where the power of integrated landscape approaches are visible, and more,” says the website.
The Dialogues bring together “leaders from community and farmer organizations, local governments, food and agri-businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders across Africa are working together through integrated landscape management to achieve multiple goals from their land and resources.”
Landscapes may take different entry points and use different names, including forest landscape restoration, model forests, sustainable land and water management, and agriculture green growth corridors, as an approach to sustainable landscape management.
The event seeks to advance the goals of The African Landscapes Action Plan, agreed at the 2014 Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa conference in Nairobi and endorsed by the African Union’s New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). The plan emphasized the importance of capacity-development to advance integrated landscape management across Africa.
EcoAgriculture Partners, who are sponsoring the Dialogue, said in an email message that it hoped that Imarisha would be able to share experiences and lessons learnt from the Lake Naivasha Basin.
Imarisha Naivasha believes that sustainable development is a long term journey that can be achieved through partnerships and collaborations, such as the ones being pursued in the Lake Naivasha Basin and all over Africa, for instance, through EcoAgriculture Partners’ Africa Landscapes Dialogue.
The Imarisha visit to Ethiopia comes hot on the heels of a similar knowledge exchange and learning visit by the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes Basin Authority (RVLBA), which took place from October 3-7, 2016.