What is sustainable land management (SLM)?
TerrAfrica defines sustainable land management the adoption of land use systems that, through appropriate management practices, enables land users to maximize the economic and social benefits from the land while maintaining or enhancing the ecological support functions of the land resources.
Halting (and ultimately reversing) land degradation and soil erosion can only be tackled through appropriate land management, considering the principle cause of land degradation is poor land management. Sustainable land management is therefore essential to development agendas in Sub-Saharan Africa.
What does TerrAfrica aim to achieve?
Through the articulation of three Activity Lines, TerrAfrica aims:
to mobilize partners in a coalition to advocate a common vision of SLM, share analyses, set the foundations for strengthening and harmonizing policy dialogues and strategies, and improve coordination at all levels.
to provide a platform for TerrAfrica partners at all levels to identify, generate, and disseminate targeted knowledge that supports decision-making, informs policymaking, advances mainstreaming (in particular in PRSPs, donor strategies and sector plans), helps secure domestic financing, and supports the harmonization of monitoring and evaluation activities by governments, donors, and civil society organizations. In this way, knowledge will be channeled to support investments on the ground that will be undertaken by governments, donors and civil society.
to catalyze the mainstreaming of SLM and the harmonization/development of investments on the ground at multiple scales, from the local to the national levels (including potential trans-boundary dimensions). Mainstreaming and unlocking investments are viewed here as inseparable, as the long-term success of investments depends on the scope and depth of the mainstreaming effort.
How was TerrAfrica developed?
The launch of TerrAfrica in October 2005 was the culmination of a comprehensive consultative process concerning TerrAfricas founding documents, in particular the Strategy and Business Planning Framework. Active in this dialogue were African governments, multilateral organizations, donor governments, civil society organizations, NEPAD, and scientific organizations including the CGIAR centers. At the launch, the TerrAfrica Executive Committee endorsed a Joint Annual Work Program, which marked the first concrete steps towards the initiatives goal of mainstreaming and scaling up SLM in Sub-Saharan Africa.