Land governance in the Sahel: how can we catalyse human security and climate resilience through land restoration?

Interactive webinar

02 December 2020

14:00 - 16:00 CET


A two-hour Zoom panel discussion, followed by questions and answers, and a final synthesis by the panellists. After registration you will receive the Zoom link for the event. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and will take place in English. Registration closes on 2 December (8:00 am CET).




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CDES workshop December 2020



Fragile agricultural and pastoral systems in the Sahel are threatened by the interconnected challenges of land degradation, insecurity, weak governance and climate change.

In theory, land restoration can improve rural livelihoods, build climate resilience and foster peace, which in their turn would reinforce land restoration. In practice, it is difficult to create a virtuous cycle of change in the Sahel context. The issue of land governance is often a major constraint.


Key issues and objectives

What factors hinder good land governance in the Sahel, and how can they be overcome? In particular, how does land governance interact with the challenges of insecurity and conflict? What processes and policies could further good land governance in the Sahel, and how could they be implemented?

Luc Gnacadja will facilitate an online presentation and brainstorming discussion with Sahelian  experts, who each have a different perspective on land governance and security in the region. The panel will identify key ideas for scaling up solutions.



Bouaré Bintou Founé Samaké

Mrs Bouaré Bintou Founé Samaké (Mali)

Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family, Bamako






Luc Gnacadja

Mr Luc Gnacadja (Benin), Moderator        

Founder and President, GPS-Dev (Governance & Policies for Sustainable Development), Cotonou 

Executive Secretary of the UNCCD (2007-2013) 

Former Minister of the Environment of Benin (2004-2007)  



Oumar Sylla

Mr Oumar Sylla (Senegal)                                                                                                 

Interim Director for Africa, UN Habitat, Director, Global Land Tool Network, Nairobi





Salima Mahamoudou

Ms Salima Mahamoudou (Niger)

Research Associate, Land Accelerator Programme, World Resources Institute, Washington DC





Tiougiani Abasse

Dr Tiougiani Abasse (Niger)

Senior Researcher/Agroforestry, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger, Niamey





Ousame Traoré

Colonel Major Ousmane Traoré (Burkina Faso)

Former Governor of the Eastern Region, Ouagadougou









Organizing Team

Dr Alan Channer, Executive Committee, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace; Co-Director, Summer Academy on Land, Security and Climate; Senior Fellow, Global EverGreening Alliance

Ms Anna Brach, Head of Human Security, Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Co-Director, Summer Academy on Land, Security and Climate

Mr Thierry Randon, Events Coordinator, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Genève


Photo top: Theo Fruendt



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