Wednesday, June 2
FAO: Launching the GEF-7 Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program: Catalyzing transformation – scale – sustainability
Wednesday, June 2
2:00 pm - 3:35 pm


  • H.E. Nancy Tembo (Speaker) Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Republic of Malawi
  • Ulrich Apel (Speaker) Senior Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility
  • Jonathan Davies (Speaker) Global Drylands Coordinator / Senior Agriculture Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Barron Joseph Orr (Speaker) Lead Scientist, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Maria Helena Semedo (Speaker) Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO
  • Gustavo Fonseca (Speaker) Director of Programs, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Eduardo Mansur (Speaker) Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO
  • Ezekiel Mwakalukwa (Speaker) Chairperson, Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems
  • Sibongile Winnie Mavimbela (Speaker) Senior Programme Officer, Environment and Climate Change at Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  • Nicole Harari (Speaker) Research Scientist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
  • Fritjof Boerstler (Speaker) Technical Advisor (Natural Resources), GEF Coordination Unit, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO
  • Frank Musukwa (Speaker) Chairperson, Zambia National Forest Commodity Association (ZNFCA)


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This session is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Access language channels here: English, Français, Español, Português.
The GEF-7 Drylands Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL IP) aims at transforming the management of drylands in 11 countries across three geographical clusters; 1) the Miombo and Mopane ecosystems of Southern Africa, 2) the savanna and grasslands in East and West Africa and, 3) the temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands of Central Asia. This session will bring partners and stakeholders from different sectors and scales (local, national, regional and global) together to share their respective perspectives on the dryland management challenges in the target regions and to discuss how the DSL IP’s programmatic approach will support them in overcoming these challenges. Read moreWhite Paper 



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