Marcella D'Souza

Founder and Director, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) Centre for Resilience Studies, India

A physician by training, Marcella has extensive experience in community health, women’s empowerment, sustainable livelihoods, and facilitating deep-rooted behavioral change through the ‘Inner life healing and Awareness Meditative Relaxation’ approach. Prior to joining WOTR, Marcella established an extensive community-based rural health programme in the Andes region of Peru.

Marcella is speaking at

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


  • 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


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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
Access language channels here: English, Français.
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.

Related publications:

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

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