Wednesday, June 2
WWF: Rangelands Atlas: Bringing an essential, globally neglected ecosystem into focus
Sessions
Wednesday, June 2
9:30 am - 11:05 am

Speakers

  • Abdelkader Bensada (Speaker) Programme Management Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Fiona Flintan (Speaker) Governance Scientist and Technical Coordinator, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Jonathan Davies (Speaker) Global Drylands Coordinator / Senior Agriculture Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Fernando García Dory (Speaker) Pastoralists Focal Point, Rangelands Initiative Co-ordination Team, Rangelands Initiative
  • Martina Fleckenstein (Speaker) Global Policy Manager, Food Practice, WWF International
  • Bora Masumbuko (Speaker) Senior Programme Officer, Drylands, IUCN
  • Gregorio Juan Velasco Gil (Speaker) Coordinator of the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub, FAO

Description

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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
Access language channels here: English, Français.
The session will introduce the new global Rangelands Atlas. To scale up dryland restoration and rehabilitation, science-based maps and data are essential. The Atlas includes a series of 16 sets of maps demonstrating how much of rangelands is key biodiversity or protected area, where threatened species are located, and what climate change impacts are predicted over the coming years. This is the first of its kind of data.
The maps show African countries that are at risk from climate change and where urgent action is required. Rangelands have rarely featured on international agendas. Just 10 percent of national climate plans (as part of the Paris Climate Agreement) include references to rangelands; comparatively 70 percent include references to forests. Although rangelands are known to play a key role in storing carbon, providing habitat for diverse wildlife and nature, and supporting the world’s largest rivers and wetlands, part of the reason they have been undervalued is the lack of definitive data on their extent and value. 54% percent of the world’s terrestrial surface consists of rangelands, which are home to some of the earth’s most precious habitats and support the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people.

This new data can equip policymakers to better manage rangelands, with major benefits for pastoralists, nature, and climate. We will discuss how rangeland restoration and improvement of data on rangelands must be made priorities in UN conventions and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, if drylands and dryland communities are to strengthen their resilience to climate change and other stresses and shocks.
For more information, visit the Rangelands Atlas website or download it directly here.

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