Newsletter #6 | December 2023

Our end-of-year newsletter reflects some of the highlights and leading lights of our Global Summit.

Amazing. Engaging. Enriching. Inspiring. Integrated. Uplifting…

That’s participants describing our recent Global Summit and Knowledge Exchange that brought together representatives of most of the 22 Landscapes For Our Future projects around the globe. Here’s a glimpse of what you might have missed. (With so much more in store for 2024.)

PLUS: Talk to us about communities of practice: What? When? How? Who?

Keep in mind the purpose of the Landscapes For Our Future progamme, which is – through these 22 pilot projects – to guide the EU Delegations and partners on how to implement ILM. 


Bernard Crabbé, Head of Environment Mainstreaming and Circular Economy Sector at the European Commission DG INT
Fun pics, right? View plenty more photos from the Summit in our image archive.

We are committed to change leadership in the landscapes arena. We seek opportunities to embed landscape approaches within global and national institutions and constantly strive to deepen our understanding of how this can be achieved effectively.


Eliane Ubalijoro, CEO, CIFOR-ICRAF, speaking at the opening of the Summit

STORIES FROM THE FIELD:

ILM Communication and the Art of Storytelling


Patricia Roche from our Cerrado Biome project in Brazil and Paraguay had us captivated with her tales of golden grass, a lady’s purse, and the water wealth of her treeless landscape.

As a kid, did you ever play the “broken telephone” game? The one where you whisper something to one person who whispers it to the next and so on until the story comes back to you with very different details. Or, more often than not, no details at all.

Isn’t that what so often ends of up happening when we put the facts about our worthy projects out into the world? Do we inspire people to tell our stories? And when they do, what information do they convey to the next and the next and the next listeners?

At the Summit, we challenged the participants to tell a story about their landscape – something that would hold listeners’ attention and capture their imaginations. As props, all they had was an art piece we collaborated on. No PowerPoint, no text – just artful storytelling. The results were magical! It turns out we have so many talented storytellers amongst us.


KNOWLEDGE:

Pros at play


Khalil Walji and Freidah Wanda playing at some serious negotiations.

The Summit brought together 50+ ILM practitioners to explore the inner workings of an integrated approach to landscapes management. But how best to bring everyone to a common understanding of these principles?  

A game, of course!  

Claude Garcia’s strategy game simulated the oil palm supply chain in Cameroon, and participants played their parts with aplomb. Taking on  various designated stakeholder roles helped us all to better understand the effects of decisions, values, and choices on ecosystems. Serious learning. But so much laughter too.  

Central Component Deputy Co-ordinator Khalil Walji summed up the session so well on his social media, and we shared his wisdom on our Knowledge Hub.


SURVEY:

Communities of Practice, sure. But how? What? When? Where?

community of practice is a group of people who “share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

This idea of developing such groups emerged strongly during the Summit. We all agreed they’d be useful. But do we agree on what they are and how we want to run them? Please guide us on what you’d like created and how you’d like to be involved by answering 5 quick questions in our survey.

Wishing you a wonderful festive season and looking forward to building on our Integrated Landscape Management successes and learnings together in 2024!   — Your Central Component team

End with the begin in mind

One landscape, two jurisdictions and a visionary project that ends at the beginning: the GML project closes with resource-based working groups in Ghana’s Atiwa landscape holding action plans in their hands and empathy in their hearts.

It’s a hot and humid June day in Kade and the atmosphere is even warmer: smiles and banter, colourful clothing and demonstrative greeting. There’s a palpable sense of achievement and mutual congratulation. And rightfully so: today is the closing ceremony for an innovative three-year project that has proved its premise and its worth. 

The EU-funded Governing Multifunctional Landscapes (GML) has been working in Eastern Ghana’s Atiwa landscape to develop a jurisdictional approach that can decouple agricultural expansion from deforestation. “Successful experiences around the world show that jurisdictional approaches can reconcile what might often be seen as conflicting objectives,” explains George Schoneveld, a principal scientist with CIFOR-ICRAF. “Enhancing production on existing farmland, conserving natural resources and creating value for smallholders: these can all be achieved if all stakeholders within a jurisdiction are brought together.”

That all sounds excellent, but let’s take a step back: what is a jurisdictional approach?

The “jurisdictional approach” is a method of landscape governance that focuses on building multi-stakeholder collaboration, negotiation and decision-making within whole administrative boundaries. It brings together the different private, public and civil society actors that are present in a particular landscape, to collaborate toward conservation, supply chain sustainability and green development goals.

GML has convened multi-stakeholder platforms in the form of resource-based working groups focused on deforestation-risk commodities (cocoa, oil palm, rubber and mining reclamation) in two jurisdictions adjoining the Atiwa Range Forest Reserves in south-eastern Ghana to build the business case and action pathways for climate-smart, forest-friendly, socially inclusive development. 

The overall goal of each of these is to come up with a ‘Landscape Development Strategy’ for its sector that aligns with the priorities of the local authorities and multi-stakeholders in the landscape and wholly owned by local governments, traditional leaders, smallholder farmers, agricultural producers, forest users, companies and other value and supply chain actors. 

Back to Kade, the capital of Kwaebibirem Municipality, where those varied stakeholders are all gathered and greeting each other so warmly. The opening address of this closing ceremony sets the tone for the speeches that will follow, outlining the successes and – with frankness and humility – the lessons learned through the GML processes. Speaking on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive for Kwaebibirem, Seth Antwi Boasiako, Municipal Coordinating Director Fred Owusu Akowuah notes how the project has created a platform to bring actors in each value chain together to discuss issues that affect their operations. 

“This has afforded the Assembly with the opportunity to better understand some of the cross-cutting issues,” he notes candidly, highlighting the significant and far-reaching outcomes of these insights: “Through this, we have updated our Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) to be inclusive and clearly capture how tree crop value chains can be purposefully used as tools for rural development.

“With this knowledge base,” he continues, “the local economic committee of the Assembly has been strengthened and empowered to deal with issues cropping up in the tree crop farming sector. Most importantly, participation of the staff of the Assembly in GML activities has built our capacity to rethink development planning from the perspective of the landscape and environment within which we live.”

That’s when he mentions the map. “This is reinforced by the Participatory 3D Map we created and recently updated through the support and facilitation of CIFOR. The 3D Map helps us to better appreciate and communicate the issues of environmental degradation and the need for sustainable landscape development.”

The 3D map in question is mentioned by a number of the speakers that follow – each working group is given the opportunity to outline its lessons learned and the key points of the strategies they have now developed. The map is clearly a source of pride, and the process of its coming-into-being has been a notable catalyst to insight and cooperation. 

Testament to its importance is the fact that boxes of documents have been stacked into toppling towers, relegated to the edges of an adjoining room, to make space for this large relief sculpture that graphically portrays the landscape – from its forested mountains with their unique ecosystem, to its three major rivers that supply the capital city’s drinking water, to the new roads and infrastructure and, on the western fringes, the thriving agriculture scene in which large plantations run by international and Ghanaian companies coexist with smallholders and artisanal gold miners.

In an interview in that room later, Doctor Alfred Asuming Boakye of the Forest and Horticulture Crops Research Centre at the University of Ghana sweeps his arm across this colour-coded plaster of Paris rendition, with its strings and pins and sticky notes, and he speaks of empathy. Pointing to the various colours – the grey-painted representation of the built areas, the greens of the plantations and vegetation, and the jarring shades of the areas degraded by illegal mining – he marvels at the power of these various actors coming together to discuss their perspectives via the multi-stakeholder platforms. 

“But when we came together, we realised that there were things we may have missed. And actually, there were things we had missed. And so, they brought their perspectives on board and then we brought our perspectives on board and everybody brought theirs. And so, you have this comprehensive aspect with respect to challenges,” he says, still waving his hands across the 3D model’s comprehensive representation of the landscape. And that’s when he mentions the e-word. 

“If you don’t share your problems, you don’t get empathy. But once you share your problems and people understand where you are coming from, they appreciate it. And so, if there’s any kind of aid to help you, you will know that these people understand you very well and, based on that, will be able to provide the needed help. So, the empathy is very important, and this will come out as a result of these collaborations we have had.”

This empathy, he explains, has motivated the varied actors in the landscape to co-develop solutions and the theory of change that is the basis for the respective working groups’ strategies – the action pathways they are now justifiably proud to outline in that warm Kade room. Strategies they will take to potential donors so that, in the future, new development projects can be built around a common vision in which Ghana protects its forests while simultaneously ensuring farmers benefit from a booming agricultural sector.

Kwaebibirem Municipal Coordinating Director Fred Owusu Akowuah speaking on behalf of Municipal Chief Executive Seth Antwi Boasiako.

It’s this sustainability that the entire project is based on, in fact. Emily Gallagher, the project’s coordinator, points to the three-part-infinity symbol interweaving the words ‘ECONOMY’, ‘ECOLOGY’ and ‘EQUITY’ on the GML brochures and branding.

“Sustainability is like a three legged stool. And if any of the legs are weak, removed or ignored, the stool cannot stand for very long. So, for us, Economy is about increasing production on the farms for sustainable intensification, Ecology is about doing climate-smart agriculture and forest-friendly practices, and Equity is about improving benefits to local people.”

Emily Gallagher, senior scientist, CIFOR

ILM and the Art of Storytelling

As a kid, did you ever play the "broken telephone" game? The one in which you whisper something to one person who whispers it to the next and so on until a very different story comes back to you? At the Communications for ILM session during our Global Summit, we found the same result, though we're all no longer kids.

Why were we playing “broken telephone”? To illustrate what invariably ends of up happening when we put the facts about our worthy projects out into the world. In our marketing and communications, we tend to detail the fancy name of our project, and who its funders are, and we list the many impressive outputs we intend to produce… We use technical jargon and scientific language. But does the meaning carry across? Do we inspire people to tell our stories? And when they do, what information do they convey to the next and the next and the next listeners?

Participants at our communications workshop were challenged to tell a story about their landscape. Something that would hold listeners’ attention and capture their imaginations. Our location was an art gallery. As props, all they had was an art piece we had collaborated on. No PowerPoint, no text, just artful storytelling.

The results were magical! It turns out we have so many talented storytellers amongst us. Here are two of our favourites.

“Do you like my purse?”

Patricia Roche speaks about her project in the Cerrado of Brazil and Paraguay

Patricia Roche from our Cerrado Biome project in Brazil and Paraguay captured our attention with a question (and a sneaky little prop). The stylish, gold-hued bag over her shoulder, she explained, was made from golden grass in the landscape her project is working to protect.

“If you think about South America, I guess that you might think about the Amazon, right? But the Amazon is not the only important place in this whole continent. We have one that has five percent of the biodiversity of the world. Called the Cerrado, it is shared between Brazil and Paraguay. So now I’m representing the two countries, and we are working together to make people understand that this ecoregion exists, and that it is important.

“And what you can see here (she points to the picture of the woman collecting grass) is that it is not only  important for the livelihoods of the people, but if you look here (she sweeps her hand across the horizon on the art poster) you will see that there are not a lot of big trees, right?

“We are working to make people understand that the grasslands and the savannahs are also important. They are natural ecosystems that may not have a lot of trees, but have a lot of importance.”

“The richness of this eco-region is beneath. It is the water that it gives to the rest of the region of South America. So the water that I drink in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, has a lot to with what the Cerrado provides.

patricia roche

“Close your eyes and I’ll tell you my dream”

Keo Samnang, from the Our Tonle Sap project in Cambodia, took an unexpected turn with his storytelling. Initially concerned about how to present his project without the use of PowerPoint, he aced his presentation by appealing to our imaginations as he had us imagine a father and son and the fate of the fish-filled landscape that was their home and source of livelihood.

“Imagine 50 years ago: the Tonle Sap region is rich in fish. One day a family – dad and son – go into the river by boat. It’s very rich in fish. The fish bite and are brought into the boat. 

That’s where the dream turns to a nightmare: enter the infamous Khmer Rouge: “After that, as you know, Cambodia has a war. So people are not allowed to go fishing. After about 10 years, the war is finished but the people have lost everything…” Samnang explains the downward spiral in which the government brought in revenue by leasing the land to the private sector, who depleted the natural resources further and further.

“One day, the people – the father and the son – go to the river to catch the fish, but they cannot get more fish. So they call for help to sustain their natural resources. The government and the funders and the NGOs come together to support them by creating a protected area and a community fishery for sustainable use. And at the same time, they also support livelihood activities by providing the poor with buffaloes, as well as technical expertise on rice growing and  eco-tourism.

“So the tourists come, foreigners come, and the money is used for community development, construction of toilets and school material supplies.

And 20 years later, everyone has a surprise: the fish are still alive and the trees are still alive. As for the people living in the area: their livelihoods are better and the tourists come from day to day. We have a green landscape with rich biodiversity and the people are happy.

Keo Samnang

Every poster tells a story.

Keep your eye on our social media for more highlights and the tales behind these. 😊

A methods toolbox for integrated landscape approaches

This chapter aims to give guidance for those working within integrated landscape approaches. It suggests key points for consideration to allow those involved to have a better understanding of the landscape context and dynamics.

Free multistakeholder collaboration course

This free course from Supporting Partnerships and Networks, is aimed at anyone who is involved in working within multistakeholder fora, where solutions are sought for complex sustainability problems.

Global Summit – the Virtual Version

The Landscapes For Our Future Global Summit & Knowledge Exchange is open only to those implementing the 22 projects in our programme, as well as the EU Delegations that support them. This is an in-person event, but a select number of VIPs are being invited to attend key sessions virtually.

Dear VIP 😊

The Landscapes For Our Future Global Summit in Kenya from 16 to 20 October will gather project teams from all regions of our programme to share lessons learned, focus on key capacity gaps and shine light on innovative solutions found across the programme. The event will explore the rich solutions and innovations on offer across the LFF programme in addressing the global climate and biodiversity crises through Integrated Landscape Management (ILM).

View the full agenda on the event page here.

This is a highly interactive, in-person event but a select number of VIPs are being invited to participate virtually in key sessions 🤫

Opening session

Monday 16 Oct 09:00 AM Nairobi / 06:00 AM GMT / 08:00 AM Brussels

Passcode: 286519

Meeting ID: 851 6171 0214


The Future of ILM – Strategic Exchange with the European Commission

Thursday 19 Oct 03:30 PM Nairobi / 01:30 PM GMT / 02:30 PM Brussels

Meeting ID: 823 9617 5357

Passcode: 883951

Net-maps and vision in PNG

Stakeholder identification and development of a common vision: on a learning mission to Papua New Guinea, our Central Component Coordinator highlights two of the six critical dimensions of Integrated Landscape Management.

The Strengthening Integrated Sustainable Landscape Management (SISLaM) project in Papua New Guinea, lead by the UNDP’s Sam Moko, recently hosted our programme’s Central Component Coordinator, Kim Geheb, on a learning visit to see how the six critical dimensions of ILM could be further implemented.

As part of this process, the SISLaM team organised a workshop, inviting more than 30 stakeholders to participate. Kim introduced ‘Net-Mapping’, which was employed to identify the stakeholders’ relevance to the project, the relationships between them, and the influence they can marshal to enable the project to achieve its vision.

Net-Mapping in action at the workshop.

This process drew upon the SISLaM project’s goals to establish a defined project vision:

Because of the project, Enga Province’s sustainable and inclusive economic development was increased when the impacts of climate change were mitigated, and its people adapted; the food and nutrition security of its people was strengthened; and its biodiversity, land and forests were conserved, sustainably used and restored.

SISLaM Project vision.

Because of the large number of stakeholders at the workshop, participants were divided into two groups. They started by identifying who they thought was the most influential stakeholder at present and awarded that stakeholder 10 points. Other stakeholders were then identified and scored relative to the first stakeholder group. When they had completed this exercise, they then assessed scores for stakeholders in the future, thinking about whether they believed scores should increase or decrease in order for the project to achieve its vision. The result from one of the teams is shown below.

Kim explained that “there are many institutions with relatively high contemporary scores. In other words, SISLaM sees multiple actors as currently very important to fulfilling the project’s vision at present. This speaks to the importance of creating a platform where these actors can be convened, where dialogue can happen, and integration occur. There are some actors that have lower contemporary scores than future desired scores. This suggests that the project needs these agencies to increase their influence if its vision is to be achieved. It also suggests that the project needs to work out strategies for how the influence of these agencies can be increased.”

The Net-Map also displayed ‘risk communities’ which are those communities, such as landowners, who have been in conflict with each other. Enga Province is among several Papua New Guinean provinces which have suffered from communal violence since the national elections in 2022. While the project regarded their present influence to be medium (receiving a score of five), it would prefer this influence to be reduced to zero.

“It seems that traditional institutions remain very powerful – and therefore it makes sense to explore how the project can capitalise on these,” was Kim’s observation.


SISLaM also took Kim to visit three recipients of the project’s low-value grants. The first of these was a reforestation initiative being implemented by the Yakam Resort Cooperative Society. Emmanual Kilanda, the chairman of the cooperative, showed the team the work that is being done to reforest unstable slopes. As these slopes are extremely steep, planting trees on them has been a significant challenge, yet the cooperative has managed to plant 12,572 pine and kamare trees over 45 hectares since receiving the grant.

The SISLaM project includes components to help Engan farmers improve their value chain access and develop sustainable revenue streams. To illustrate this, the team visited the Wabag Coffee Growers Cooperative, where the initiative works to provide farmers with coffee seedlings. Kandes Nyia, the chairman of the cooperative, took the group to see the cooperative’s coffee nurseries and two farms. The grant has resulted in significant production increases, but the farmers struggle with an overabundance of coffee for their relatively localised markets. This situation highlights the need for Engan communities to extend and strengthen their value chains as they have a high-quality product and are located close to transport links.


Kandes Nyia, the chairman of the Wabag Coffee Growers’ Cooperative, explains his work from inside a coffee store.

Finally, the team journeyed to Laiagam District, where they were given an exuberant welcome by the Kinapulam Farmers’ Cooperative Society, which is working on producing sweet and English potato seed for local farmers. They visited several farms to understand the work of the cooperative and the results being achieved with the help of the grant. As in Wabag district, the low-value grant has resulted in significant production increases, however, ensuring the produce gets to market remains a challenge for these communities.


At the end of the visit, Kim reflected he was “particularly impressed by the implementation team.”

“Sam Moko provides very impressive leadership in a very challenging operating context, and I can see the strength of the team from its dynamic. The team is well selected and has a deep knowledge of Enga Province and its people. From what I have seen of the low-value grants, these have created real opportunities to communities. Of course, attention will need to be given to how recipient communities can market their outputs – and SISLaM can play a key role in convening this discussion so that communities can identify their own solutions and ensure this project’s long-term sustainability”.


The welcome from the Kinapulam community. Here, the leader of Ward 2 delivers his welcome speech.

This post is based on an article that was first published in UNDP’s July 2023 newsletter.

Participant Information

Landscapes For Our Future - Global Summit & Knowledge Exchange event, Nairobi, Kenya 16th to 20th October 2023

The one-week Global Summit & Knowledge Exchange event, hosted by the Central Component (CC) of the Landscapes For Our Future (LFF) programme aims to foster engagement between the 22 LFF project teams, global experts and members of the LFF programme. This event will share lessons learned, focus on key capacity gaps and explore the rich solutions and innovations on offer across the LFF programme in addressing the global climate and sustainability crises through landscape approaches.

Objectives:

  1. To facilitate cross-learning and knowledge exchange between implementing partners within the LFF program.
  2. To further knowledge and share experiences on implementing ILM across various contexts.
  3. To provide capacity development and technical support to project teams.
  4. To further strengthen the LFF community and make further plans for CC support to project teams.

To find out more or view the agenda, please bookmark our Global Summit event page:


VENUE

The Summit will be held on the campus of the World Agroforestry Centre, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya. Please use the gate indicated below.


TRAVEL

All participants are required to facilitate their individual travel arrangements (flights, airport transfers, accommodation and per diem) to and from Kenya, and secure travel insurance during this period in case of any emergency medical attention and any other travel related risks through their respective project budgets.

All international participants are encouraged to purchase their tickets early enough to ensure all other logistics are sorted out in good time. Note that many other events are being held in Nairobi in October.


TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

PASSPORT: Kindly ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to travel.

HEALTH: A valid yellow fever certificate. Ensure possession of Valid Covid-19 certificate prior to your travel.

VISA: Ensure that you have valid Visa entry requirements for both any transit and destination country. We suggest that you print off a copy of your Kenyan visa for flight boarding and immigration.

ACCOMMODATION: Note that some airlines will require evidence of hotel accommodation before allowing participants to board. We advise that you print off confirmation of your hotel accommodation.

FLIGHTS: Note that some airlines will require evidence of participants’ flights out of Kenya before allowing participants to board.


INVITATION LETTER

Download an invitation letter in English:

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For a personalised version with your name, please email F.Wanda@cifor-icraf.org.


KENYA VISA

Note that it is NOT possible to obtain visa on arrival. Please apply for a TOURIST visa.

Nationals of the following countries do not require visas to enter Kenya: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

All other countries require a visa to enter the Republic of Kenya. Please apply for a tourist visa at the link below:

A credit or debit card will be needed to make visa payment, which is approximately US$52. When you apply, you will be asked to upload:
1. passport photo of the applicant
2. bio page of your passport
3. proof of accommodation
4. proof of a departure flight out of Kenya.

Tip: Upload JPEG files only (not PDF).


KENYA COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

COVID-19 entry regulations were lifted on 9 May 2023.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation reservations for participants shall be made upon request on the standard bed and breakfast rate unless otherwise requested by participants and based on room availability. If you do not ask us for assistance with hotel bookings, we shall assume that you are making your own arrangements. We are pleased to offer Summit participants pre-negotiated rates at the following hotels, all of which are close to The World Agroforestry Center. All quoted rates include VAT and are for bed and breakfast. All rates are quoted in Kenya shillings (Kes) and United States dollars (US$) (approx. Kes 141.7 = US$ 1 as of August 10, 2023).

Room Type: Standard Single Room
Kes 8,700 (US$ 65)
Address; N0 34 UN CRESCENT ROAD, P.O Box 1813 -00621, Nairobi, Kenya.
Email: info@comfortgardens.com Mobile: +254723610280
Room Type: Standard Single Room
Kes 16,800 (US$ 120)
Address; Limuru Road Village Market, Gigiri
Email: reservations@trademark-hotel.com Mobile: +254 730 886 000
Room Type: Standard Single Room
Kes 29,250 (US$ 210)
Address; Limuru Road The Village Market, Gigiri P.O. Box 1333- 00621 Nairobi, KENYA
Email: reservations@trademark-hotel.com Mobile: +254 730 886 000
Room Type: Standard Single Room
Kes 16, 790 (US$ 115)
Address; Off Limuru Rd At Runda Two Rivers Mall, Nairobi, Kenya
Email: reservations@holidayinnnairobi.com Mobile: + 254-709-264000

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Airport transfers will be arranged by respective hotels (Airport-Hotel-Airport). The main airport serving international flights in Nairobi is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and is approximately 10.2 Km to Gigiri.


GETTING TO AND FROM THE MEETING VENUE

Shuttle transport has been arranged by the organizers from hotel to the Campus in the morning and return in the evening during the summit period.


MEALS

Lunch, morning and evening tea breaks shall be provided throughout the Summit period. We shall also have a cocktail evening incorporated into the agenda on one of the evenings and these expenses shall be covered by the organizers.


PER DIEM ALLOWANCE

Kindly plan to bring your daily subsistence allowance to cater for your dinner and incidental expenses during your stay in Kenya. The Summit organizers will not be paying per diem or any other allowances.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Time Zone

Kenya is in the East Africa Time (EAT) zone (GMT+3).

Currency and Payment Methods

The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya shilling (KES).

Visa cards are widely accepted, with Mastercard/Maestro/Cirrus also accepted although less commonly, and Amex also often used in international chains and tourist areas.

Language

The official languages in Kenya are English and Swahili and both are widely spoken.

Internet and Mobile Communications

Kenya is generally well connected. If participants wish to purchase a SIM for mobile data and calls, these are available at Safaricom, Airtel or Telecom Kenya outlets after immigration and baggage claim at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Hotels will offer free Wi-Fi internet. and the same shall also be available at the Summit venue.

Power supply

Power supplied at socket in Kenya is 240V. Kenya uses a Type G socket (three rectangular pins).

Weather

Notwithstanding climate change, average Nairobi temperatures in October range from a high of 28°C to a low of 14°C. Please be aware that there may be monsoon rains during the summit. You may want to consider bringing an umbrella, a raincoat and other suitable wet weather clothing.

Security

The World Agroforestry Center’s campus is located in Gigiri, alongside the United Nations and a large number of embassies. The area is well policed by Kenya’s Diplomatic Police, military and private security firms.

The political situation in Kenya is currently calm, although participants may wish to refer to their respective embassies’ travel advisories.

It is important to always take responsibility for your personal safety and exercise necessary precautions.

Participants are encouraged to always carry a photocopy of their passport.

On arrival at the World Agroforestry Center’s gates, participants will be cleared by security and issued with an adhesive pass or a name Tag, and this must always be worn within campus.

Hospitals

The Nairobi Hospital

Located in: Warwick Centre, UN Avenue, Gigiri

Tel: +254 703 072000 / 729 110202/ +254 729 110 203

Email: warwicknursing@nbihosp.org

M.P. Shah Hospital, Village Medical Centre Located in: The Village Market

Address: Limuru Road Gigiri Nairobi KE Tel: +254 204 291 500: +254 111 159 000

Email: info@mpshahhospital.org

The Aga Khan University Hospital

Location: 3rd Parklands Avenue, Limuru Road, Nairobi, Kenya Phone: +254 (0) 111 011 888 or +254 (0) 730 011 888

Email: akuh.nairobi@aku.edu

Emergency Phone Numbers

999 / 112 / 911 – National Police Service

999 – Emergency services (ambulance, fire and EMS)

Useful contacts:

Kim Geheb

k.geheb@cifor-icraf.org

Tel.: +254-758-606-525

WhatsApp: +254758606525

Khalil Walji

k.walji@cifor-icraf.org

Tel.: +254-701-501-509

WhatsApp: +254701501509

Dominique Le Roux

d.leroux@cifor-icraf.org

WhatsApp: +27717232790

Logistics

Freidah Wanda

f.wanda@cifor-icraf.org

Tel.: +254-704-272-349

WhatsApp: +254704272349

We hope this helps you to prepare optimally for your stay in Kenya and we look forward to welcoming you.

Safe Travels!!

Newsletter #5 | August 2023

Read the fifth edition of our newsletter

Welcome to our Latin American and Caribbean special edition newsletter, where we delve into the transformative power of Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) as showcased in our programme’s 7 projects across 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Clockwise from top right: Les Pitons and town of Soufriere in Saint Lucia, OECS. Aerial view of Bahía Negra town, on the banks of the Paraguay River. Organic panela production and donkeys in Ecuador. Cattle rancher in San Ignacio de Velasco in Bolivia. Cattle ranch  in Honduras. Signage in Ecuador. Photos by Peter Cronkleton and Natalia Cisneros/CIFOR-ICRAF. 

View or download more photos and videos from our image archive here.


REFLECTIONS FROM THE FIELD

ILM in LAC

The Central Component’s Natalia Cisneros meets with Mi Biósfera team members during our learning visit to Honduras. Photo by Peter Cronkleton/CIFOR-ICRAF 

We, the Central Component, see six critical elements in the ILM process. To see them in action, you need look no further than our programme’s remarkable Latin American and Caribbean projects, which have embraced integrated landscape approaches to revolutionize land use practices, conserve biodiversity and foster sustainable development.


KNOWLEDGE

Can ILM contribute to sustainable cattle ranching?  And vice versa?

Chiquitanía landscape of Bolivia. Image by GIZ/Paisajes Resilientes 

In recent years, strategies to promote sustainable alternatives to conventional ranching have emerged, aiming to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, reduce deforestation, conserve vulnerable ecosystems, and mitigate impacts from cattle production. Achieving these objectives often involves endorsing enhanced practices, implementing robust monitoring systems, and fostering collaboration among various stakeholders. ILM could enable pathways to achieving impact at scale.


Landscape Learning Session #2: Criteria, Indicators & Tools of ILM

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Despite its application over the past few decades in various contexts to harmonize conflicting land management goals such as development and conservation, there remains no systematic framework to guide the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of ILM projects. 

We set out to fix that, conducting a global review to propose such a framework. This learning event presented the results of this review and delved into two examples of monitoring tools applied in ILM projects. 


RESOURCES

MSF fatigue? How to design for context, inclusion and effectiveness

A tale of two Brazilian states leads us to really useful tips to design meaningful, inclusive platforms for transformation. In the 1990s and early 2000s – in response to calls for participatory land-use planning and concerns about deforestation – Brazil’s state governments began to carry out Ecological-Economic Zoning processes to  collectively lay out land-use plans that were inclusive and sustainable. These processes were mandated to be developed and implemented using multi-stakeholder participatory mechanisms. 

Two states ended up with very different results. Explore the lessons to be learned through this curation of research and interviews, and download at-a-glance factsheets with tips on how to how to manage power, politics and participation in your own multi-stakeholder processes. 

We often take too much for granted in MSPs. Some considerations are simple – like changing where the platform is held, or adjusting seating arrangements – and some require deeper strategic thinking. Our research has unearthed a host of practical steps that convenors can take to help empower marginalised stakeholders and create lasting impact. 

 Anne Larson on CIFOR-ICRAF’s info sheets and how-to guides

Power, politics and participation in multi-stakeholder processes

A tale of two Brazilian states leads us to really useful tops to design meaningful, inclusive platforms for transformation.
Read at CIFOR-ICRAF’S Forests News

Participatory processes do not guarantee equality, as the interactions within them and in the wider contexts where they are enacted are shaped by power relations that define what kinds of actions are possible,

CIFOR-ICRAF scientists Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti, Anne Larson, and Nicole Heise Vigil in a 2021 study on how and why organisers plan their MSPs.

Here’s a cautionary tale for MSF convenors

In the 1990s and early 2000s – in response to calls for participatory land-use planning and concerns about deforestation – Brazil’s state governments began to carry out Ecological-Economic Zoning (ZEE in Portuguese) processes with the aim of collectively laying out land-use plans that were inclusive and sustainable. These processes were mandated to be developed and implemented using multi-stakeholder participatory mechanisms.

The two ended up with very different results, as described in this paper.

Acre and Mato Grosso are two landlocked Brazilian states, both of which contain part of the Amazonian rainforest. Acre’s ZEE map, completed in 2007, was widely hailed for advancing collective benefits and sustainability. For Mato Grosso, in contrast, the ZEE process was disastrous: it reflected deep-seated social and political conflicts, and to this day the state does not have a ZEE map, despite a number of valiant attempts by different parties to develop one. So, why did the two processes, which fell under the same federal mandate, turn out so differently?

This excellent article from CIFOR-ICRAF’s Forests News, not only outlines the different results and reasons behind them, but also provides links to really useful tools and resources to enable you to design and implement a multi-stakeholder process that’s far more like that of Acre, “widely hailed for advancing collective benefits and sustainability”, than of Mato Grosso, where “the ZEE process was disastrous: it reflected deep-seated social and political conflicts, and to this day the state does not have a ZEE map, despite a number of valiant attempts by different parties to develop one.”

… a lively living being, consistent with the identity of the populations living in the managed territory.

Acre government’s description of the map-making process after the addition of a cultural-political axis or ‘ethno-zoning’

Want to emulate that success in your own MSF?

Researchers and others at the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), along with partners in diverse organisations and locations around the world, have been exploring how MSFs might better achieve their goals in the future, within their Governance, Equity and Wellbeing programme. They’ve found a number of conceptual and practical measures to better take these social dimensions into account.

Find out more in this short video:


Practical fact sheets designed for you

To support participants and implementers in this multifaceted process of making MSPs more equitable and effective, CIFOR-ICRAF has produced a series of simple, accessible infosheets and ‘how-to’ guides. “We often take too much for granted in MSPs,” says author Anne Larson. “Some considerations are simple – like changing where the platform is held, or adjusting seating arrangements; and some require deeper strategic thinking. Our research has unearthed a host of practical steps that convenors can take to help empower marginalised stakeholders and create lasting impact.”

Click any image below to download its factsheet pdf.