Just Transitions towards Land Degradation Neutrality: Tenure Rights for Soil Restoration
TMG Research ThinkTank for Sustainability
Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Kenya
Ministry of Planning and Development, Republic of Benin
Department of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy & Mining, Republic of Malawi
Ministre de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable, République de Madagascar
Time: Friday, 28. January 2022, 08:00 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 09:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.
Languages: English, German, French
The objective is to discuss the potential of the UNCCD COP14/26 decision on land tenure to achieve land degradation neutrality and soil restoration in the national context. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Kenya), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy (Malawi), the Ministry of Planning and Development (Benin), Ministre de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (Madagascar), and TMG Research will co-host the discussion on the urgency of addressing land tenure issues more prominently in the design and implementation of activities to restore soils and to achieving land degradation neutrality. Country studies will highlight the link between land tenure and how tenure ultimately affects the achievement of restoration goals. The studies are part of an ongoing cooperation between TMG Research and partner organisations in the four countries funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to support the implementation of the UNCCD COP14/26 decision. The co-hosts of this session will jointly emphasize that secure tenure rights are key to achieving just transitions towards land degradation neutrality and soil rehabilitation.
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He has vast experience in global sustainability governance, as inter alia: Chair of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition; member of the UN Environment Management Group; and Lead, Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Land, and TEEBAgriFood.
Michael Krake is Director for Sustainable supply chains, food and rural development at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2002, Mr Krake has held various positions in the German Federal Government. Before his current post, he headed the Directorate for Private sector, trade, employment and digital technologies, also at the BMZ.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr Krake lived and worked in East Africa. In Kenya, he was regional co-ordinator of the BMZ’s programme for drought resilience in the Horn of Africa and, at the German embassy in Uganda, he was head of development corporation.
Before joining the BMZ, Michael Krake was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He attended university in Bonn, Germany, and in New York, U.S.A., and is a graduate economist.
As the Focal Point of Global Soil Partnerships, Razafindrahanta represents Madagascar on soil activities. She leads a sustainable land management initiative and a green centuries project in Southern Madagascar.
In her role as a Focal Point on Reforestation with Imperial Brands Madagascar, the establishment of botanic parks in five regions in Madagascar is one of her responsibilities. She is also the interlocutor between the private sector and the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development on implementing reforestation measures.
As a focal point and coordinator, Ng’ang’a supported the integration of the agriculture sector into the National Adaptation Plan (NAPs), an initiative supported by UNDP/FAO 2016 to 2018.
Furthermore, Ng’ang’a headed the Kenyan delegation to the 14th Session of Conference of Parties (COP 14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in New Delhi, India (2019). She also coordinated the Kenyan country position paper for the 24th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the 3rd Session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2021).
For the Ministry at the Presidency of the Republic Benin, Alinsato worked as a Scientific Assistant to the President of the Economic Analysis Council and later as the Director of Coordination and Monitoring of Policies for the Implementation of the MDGs and SDGs.
Furthermore, he was the Special Advisor to the High-Level Panel of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Post 2015 Development Agenda (2012-2013). As the editor-in-chief, he submitted Benin’s Voluntary National Contribution to High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs in 2017 and 2018.
As the Focal Point for the REDD+ Programm in Malawi (2017 to date), he is responsible for developing the REDD+ strategy, coordinating REDD+ activities, and managing the Malawi REDD+ Program.
Within his role as the UNCCD Focal point, Teddie Kamoto coordinates UNCCD activities in Malawi, reports to the UNCCD secretariat and develops project proposals to support the achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality.