Capacity-development workshop for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa on the restoration of forest and other ecosystems to support the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 14 and 15

2-6 October 2017, Durban, South Africa

The Capacity-development workshop for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets was conducted in French and English, from 2 to 6 October 2017 in Durban, South Africa. This workshop is one of a series being organized through the implementation of the FERI through the financial assistance of the Korea Forest Service of the Government of the Republic of Korea. 

 

The Secretariat is offering this capacity-development activity to Parties to enhance biodiversity considerations across the landscape level, through integrated and collaborative planning, implementation and reporting. The overall aim of the workshop is to support Parties in carrying out national plans on ecosystem restoration, guided by the Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration, with a focus on efforts taken in forest and other ecosystems to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 14 and 15 and related targets.

 

Towards the aim identified, the workshop enabled:

  1. A review of national commitments and their stages of implementation;

  2. A better understanding of the motives/drivers for restoration and best practices from experts in the field, including on ways and means to leverage actions to plan, restore and monitor the benefits from ecosystem services in national plans and frameworks for implementation;

  3. A review of relevant global and regional initiatives, and how these integrate biodiversity and ecosystem considerations within their activities, as well as in the tools used to support the implementation and tracking of country commitments under such initiatives;

  4. South-South exchange of experiences and knowledge and the benefits to ecological, social and economic sustainability; and

  5. Ways and means to mobilize domestic and international public and private resources, engaging different stakeholders and incentivizing long term actions in ecosystem restoration.