Growing greener: Restoration and sustainable use of agro-pastoralist systems in open arid landscapes across Southern Africa - scoping mission

The project locations are characterised by a vicious cycle of degrading resources driven by unsustainable agro-pastoral land uses to compensate for deteriorating incomes and livelihoods. The major transformation this project seeks to achieve is to catalyse nature-based land use and market supported systems that align socio-economic development with restoration of semi-arid landscapes and biodiversity thereby combatting desertification at community, national and regional level. It builds on proven good agro-pastoralist practices and traditional knoweldge systems to implement innovative, community-based conservation approaches that drive systemic behavioural change towards resilience and sustainable use of natural resources. Key to transformation is a phased rollout approach to embed learning and ensure effective scale up as it fosters cross-country learning.

Project data

Botswana, Madagascar, South Africa, Zambia
IKI funding
728,000.00 €
06/2022 till 05/2023
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) - South Africa
  • Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security - Botswana
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Madagascar
  • Ministry of Green Economy and Environment - Zambia
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Botswana
Implementing Partner
  • Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development (CCARDESA)
  • Conservation International (CI)
  • Peace Parks Foundation

State of implementation/results

    The preparation phase of the project includes the following topics:
    • Preparation and submission of a full project proposal for the implementation phase of the project within the first five months.
    • Preparation and transition to the implementation phase of the project starting in spring 2023.
    • Furthermore, two country missions are planned in all partner countries in the period July - August 2022 in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.
  • After the end of the preparatory phase, a decision will be made on further funding by the International Climate Initiative.

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