Tangu Tumeo

Principal Forestry Officer (AFR 100 National Focal Point), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Tangu Tumeo is a forester by profession. As a growing Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) expert, Tangu has come to appreciate the importance of managing trees and forests as part of an ecosystem for increased and multiple benefits to communities. She has 13 years’ experience working with government in the Department of Forestry coordinating projects on sustainable forest management and nexus between energy and environment. In her role as Malawi’s Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Focal Point, she facilitated the national Forest Landscape Restoration opportunities assessment and implementation strategy development in 2017. Together with technical partners, she facilitated the development of a Forest Landscape Restoration monitoring framework in 2018. Currently, she is a senior programme officer for IUCN supporting the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources together with other government agencies integrate the landscape restoration and implementation of the National Charcoal Strategy into government planning, project development and implementation. Since 2016, she has been representing Malawi at international conferences where she has shared the progress Malawi is making towards achieving the 4.5 million hectares for restoration and land degradation neutrality. She has also managed to lobby for funding to initiate implementation of the National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy both locally and internationally.

Tangu is speaking at

June 2, 2021
6:20 pm - 7:15 pm


  • Tangu Tumeo (Moderator) Principal Forestry Officer (AFR 100 National Focal Point), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Martin Frick (Speaker) Deputy Special Envoy, UN Food Systems Summit
  • Tina Birmpili (Speaker) Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCCD
  • João Campari (Speaker) Global Leader, Food Practice, WWF
  • Thato Mokgadi (Speaker) Fashion Designer turned Agripreneur
  • Fatima Kaba (Speaker) Head of management of natural resources, Enda Energy Environment Development, Senegal
  • Desmond Koney (Speaker) CEO and Founder, Complete Farmer, Nigeria
  • Patricia Kombo (Speaker) Founder, PaTree Initiative, Kenya
  • Ravi Prabhu (Speaker) Deputy Director General (Research), World Agroforestry (ICRAF)


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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
Access language channels here: English, Français.
This plenary will set the foundation for aligning the UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration and the UN Food Systems Summit. Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land are one of the focal areas for Action Track 3 “Boosting nature positive production”.

Bringing together decision-makers from African countries, farmers, scientists, civil society and donors, the plenary will discuss synergies and deliver joint action for African Dryland Restoration. With key partners, the plenary will explore linking the UN Food Systems Summit's game-changing solutions on restoration with the targets of the UN Decade, identifying communalities and opportunities for collaboration, and strengthening the importance of restoration in the context of food security for Africa's drylands.



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