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Materials from the Report Presentation & Discussion: A test of endurance - Addressing migration and security risks by means of landscape restoration in Africa

Sep. 17, 2018 - Sep. 17, 2018

On September 17 2018, Clingendael Institute presented and discussed the report 'A test of endurance - Addressing migration and security risks by means of landscape restoration in Africa' by the Planetary Security Initiative.

A summary of the key findings can be found here. The presentations can be found on the right side of this page.

About the event:

Date: September 17, 2018
Time: 14.30 - 17.00
Venue: Huys Clingendael, Clingendael Institute (Clingendael 7, The Hague)
Organiser: Clingendael Institute

Note: It is not allowed to park your car in Parc Clingendael, but free parking is available in the neigbourhood, cf. (click on directions)

For the African continent, the ability to manage trade-offs at a landscape scale has huge potential to influence the future of migration and conflict, as well as the future of land resources, food security and biodiversity. Integrated land management can act as an accelerator for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and can be considered an essential element of a sustainable strategy to address the root causes of irregular migration. A Marshall Plan for sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel should therefore include the potential of landscape restoration approaches to achieve multiple wins, while taking into account its long-term effects and short- and medium-term risks.

This meeting will discuss a new report by the Planetary Security Initiative that aims to assess, by setting out a stakeholder mapping, to what extent landscape restoration initiatives (potentially) address migration and security objectives in Africa. The issue of land degradation and restoration is receiving increasing attention from policy makers with regard to addressing the root causes of migration. Landscape restoration initiatives in Africa have political momentum, with African political leaders endorsing restoration initiatives such as the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and the Great Green Wall Initiative. Africa is particularly vulnerable to land degradation, with desertification affecting around 45 percent of Africa’s land area.


14:30 Coffee/tea
15:00 Short introduction on the report by Louise van Schaik, Head of Sustainability Research, the Clingendael Institute
15:15 Response by Barbara Bendandi, Coordinator Tripple S Initiative, UNCCD
15:25 Response by representative of the Dutch government
15:35 Roundtable discussion with NLandscape Platform
16:50 Closure and network drinks

To read the report, click here.

For more information, please contact Louise van Schaik (