Sibongile Winnie Mavimbela

Senior Programme Officer, Environment and Climate Change at Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Sibongile Winnie Mavimbela is the Senior Programme Officer for Environment and Climate Change under the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate of the SADC Secretariat. The upcoming Global Landscape Forum Event <em>Restoring Africa’s drylands: Accelerating Action on the Ground</em> provides an excellent opportunity to launch the GEF-7 Dryland Sustainable Landscape Impact Programme (DSL IP) and talks directly about SADC's Restoration Programmes under the UNCCD Portfolio. Ms Sibongile is responsible for the collaboration, resource mobilization and execution of activities under this portfolio, working hand in hand with all 16 SADC Member States, from policy level with National Focal Points to action level with relevant CSOs. She is guided by the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 which places emphasis on “Improved management of the environment and sustainable utilization of natural resources”. It also supports enhancement of sector-based approaches towards developing climate change resilience, combating desertification and land degradation, as well as mitigating effects of drought to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality “I believe in the motto that says ‘just us is not justice’ we need to expand our voice to speak to the voiceless, to save lives and to leave no one behind (as stated in the SDGs). I advocate for environmental sustainability not only as work but as a passion/calling. I am driven by a strong sense of purpose and my values include dependability, reliability, loyalty, commitment, open-mindedness, consistency, honesty, efficiency and inclusive cultural diversity,” she says.

Sibongile is speaking at

June 2, 2021
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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