Leigh Winowiecki

Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Dr. Leigh Ann Winowiecki is a Soil Systems Scientist at World Agroforestry (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, Kenya and heads an International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD)-European Union (EU) funded initiative on restoration of degraded lands in East Africa and the Sahel, which implements the research in development approach to scale restoration options. She was instrumental in developing and implementing ICRAF’s Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) for assessing soil and land health that has been implemented in over 40 countries. Her research focuses on soil carbon dynamics, rangeland health, land restoration, and the integration of social and ecological dimensions of ecosystem health.

Leigh is speaking at

Sessions
June 2, 2021
9:30 am - 11:05 am

Speakers

  • Patricia Kombo (Speaker) Founder, PaTree Initiative, Kenya
  • Lucy Mulenkei (Speaker) Executive Director, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
  • Jes Weigelt (Speaker) Head of Programmes, TMG - Think Tank for Sustainability
  • Marcella D'Souza (Speaker) Founder and Director, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) Centre for Resilience Studies, India
  • Leigh Winowiecki (Speaker) Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Gautier Quéru (Speaker) Director, Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and Mirova
  • Miriam Medel (Speaker) Chief, External Relations, Policy and Advocacy, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Saydou Koudougou (Speaker) Executive Secretary, Groupe de Recherche et D'Action sur le Foncier (GRAF), Burkina Faso
  • Wilson Ng'etich (Speaker) Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Eldoret

Description

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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
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Building on practical cases from West, East, and Southern Africa, discussions in this session will explore community-led soil and land restoration that creates tangible benefits for communities and ecosystems by:
  • Providing insights on inclusive knowledge-sharing models that enhance access to context-specific data and practical toolkits on soil and land restoration
  • Highlighting community-led "social innovations" that help tackle structural barriers to equitable land rights and other governance challenges
  • Showcasing entry points for win-win restoration approaches that incentivize private investments in the sustainable management of shared natural resources
We hope that the discussions will develop practical insights for restoration pathways that simultaneously address social, technical, economic, and institutional barriers to the sustainable use of land, water, energy, and other natural resources.

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Related websites:
  • Regreening Africa: A collaborative initiative to scale-up evergreen agriculture, using locally appropriate techniques including Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration.
  • Soilmates.org: A TMG Research project exploring social innovations to protect soils and empower people.  


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Sessions
June 3, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Speakers

  • Salima Mahamoudou (Speaker) Research Associate, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Bernadette Arakwiye (Speaker) Research Associate, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Leigh Winowiecki (Speaker) Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Julian Fox (Speaker) Team Leader, National Forest Monitoring, FAO
  • Papa Garba Salifou (Speaker) Departmental Director, Environment in the commune of Illéla in Niger
  • Susan Chomba (Speaker) Director of Vital Landscapes, WRI Africa
  • Rémi Hémeryck (Speaker) Executive Director, SOS Sahel
  • Mamadou Lamine AbdoulKader (Speaker) Founder and Managing Director, E3D-Niger, UNITRAM
  • Lindsay C. Stringer (Speaker) Professor in Environment and Development, University of York
  • Winfred Musila (Speaker) Director of Ecosystem Assessment, Planning and Audit, Kenya Water Towers Agency

Description

Audio-only mode
If you are having trouble connecting to the video stream or you'd like to save some precious mobile data, keep up with the conference using our audio-only mode: here

Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
Access language channels here: English, Français.
It’s hard to see where people are restoring Africa’s drylands. Where trees are growing outside of tropical forests, it’s hard for satellites to pick them up and harder to measure their economic and social benefits.

It’s even harder to show progress when restoration doesn’t involve trees. In this session, you will learn directly about these challenges and opportunities from people actively restoring drylands. Together, we will unpack the what, the why, and the how of monitoring restoration in drylands -- and show how tracking progress can lead to more investment and healthier communities. Join World Resources Institute for this exciting and interactive conversation.

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Sessions
June 3, 2021
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Speakers

  • Mieke Bourne (Speaker) Programme Manager, Regreening Africa-CIFOR-ICRAF
  • Leigh Winowiecki (Speaker) Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Tor-Gunnar Vågen (Speaker) Senior Scientist and head of the Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab (SPACIAL), CIFOR-ICRAF
  • Sammy Carsan (Speaker) Agroforestry Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF
  • Judith Oduol (Speaker) Senior Agricultural Economist, CIFOR-ICRAF
  • Constance Neely (Speaker) Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making (SHARED) Lead, CIFOR-ICRAF
  • Alex Mugayi (Speaker) Project Manager, World Vision Rwanda
  • Bernard Crabbé (Speaker) Head of the environment mainstreaming & circular economy sector, Directorate General, European Commission, International Partnerships (INTPA)
  • Mamadou Coulibaly (Speaker) Regreening Africa Project Manager, Oxfam Mali

Description

Audio-only mode
If you are having trouble connecting to the video stream or you'd like to save some precious mobile data, keep up with the conference using our audio-only mode: here

Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
Access language channels here: English, Français.
This session will focus on innovative ways to capture restoration evidence and ensure it is integrated into the planning process, to inform practice and, in turn, inform policy – that is, the creation of the enabling environment.

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