In various countries across Sub-Saharan Africa we focus on three approaches that particularly support the involvement of local communities, indigenous groups, women, and young people:
Inclusive decision-making processes
Rural populations, and above all, indigenous peoples, women and young people, are being hardest hit by the effects of the climate crisis. We are committed to ensuring that they can play an active role in transparent, participatory, and inclusive decision-making processes relating to all aspects of land use, and to ensuring that their rights are taken into account.
Local initiatives, farmers’ and women’s associations, and other civil society actors are already combining traditional knowledge with innovative ideas to counter the effects of climate change in their surroundings, and to bolster the resilience of people and ecosystems. We support them in translating their experiences into solutions that can serve as role models to be shared. We foster their networking and organizational development so that they can successfully help shape a just and demand-oriented transformation of land use.
Perspectives from across the African continent
The broad-ranging spectrum of African perspectives is frequently underrepresented or portrayed in greatly simplified terms in international discourses on land use. We help committed actors from various African countries to network, to develop joint positions on climate-resilient land use, and to actively represent their standpoints at regional and international levels.