Realising the extraordinary potential of a continent-wide response to land degradation, desertification and climate change, and cognisant of the need for its urgent revision, the African Union Commission (AUC) developed a revised framework to serve as the overarching coordination agenda for the GGWI. This Strategy encourages an integrated and holistic approach to land rehabilitation and climate-resilient development amongst its Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Agencies and partners. Furthermore, this coherent approach guides integrated development planning at various scales to support the combined priorities of sustainable land, water and biological diversity management, climate adaptation and mitigation, and human well-being. The GGWI’s natural focus on landscapes and their inhabitants, including tens of millions of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, and the residents of rural market towns, makes it a radically new approach for many of the participating governments.
In support of the AU’s efforts to reach and exceed its ambitious objectives over a ten-year timeframe, this Strategy outlines an ambitious continental vision and clearly sets out a number of key objectives, priorities, and approaches to achieve this. Backed by a longterm implementation plan, this Strategy also attempts to expedite the operationalisation of commitments and activities and align implementation partners with the priorities and goals of the Strategy.