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SAVE THE DATE: 17th May 2022, Abidjan – Side-event organized by the GIZ/4per1000 Initiative during the Land Restoration Day at the UNCCD COP15


We are proud to announce that the joint consortium 4per1000, ELD Initiative  and the GIZ’s Sector Project Soil Protection, Combating Desertification, Sustainable Land Management (SV Boden) are hosting a Side-Event at the UNCCD COP15.

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Linking Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets with Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and biodiversity targets through Sustainable Land Management 

Enhancing soil health and soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks through climate-sensitive sustainable land management and land restoration is a central leverage for climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security and biodiversity conservation. Integration of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) may unlock resources to achieve LDN targets, raise the ambition of NDCs in the land use sector and ensure the inclusion of soil health in the post-2020 biodiversity agenda. The panel discussion will focus on how to strengthen apparent synergies between the Rio Conventions at a political level and aims to contribute to the alignment of national SOC-related planning processes to save resources and boost action.

Aim:                Maximize synergies by creating coherence between the Rio target systems

Form:              Panel Discussion

When:             17 May 2022

12:30 pm to 14 pm (GMT)

14:30 pm to 16 pm (CEST)

Where:            Rio Pavilion at UNCCD COP15, Abidjan, and via a Virtual Conference Platform (tba)


  • Motsomi Maletjane, Team lead in the Adaptation Division UNFCCC Secretariat
  • Miriam Medel García, Chief of External Relations, Policy and Advocacy UNCCD Secretariat
  • Jamal Annagylyjova(tbc.), Forest Restoration Officer, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) 
  • Ildephonse Musafiri, Executive Director, Strategy and Policy Council (SPC), Office of the President, Rwanda
  • Martina Fleckenstein, Global Policy Manager, Food Practice WWF International


Keynotes and introduction by:

  • Liesl Wiese-Rozanov (Independent consultant)
  • Leigh Winowiecki Coalition for Soil Health under implementation (CASH)
  • Alisher Mirzabaev (University of Bonn)

Preliminary agenda:





Opening of the panel

4per1000 and ELD


Setting the scene: Introduction to NDCs, LDNs, DBD goals 

Liesl Wiese-Rozanov PhD (independent consultant)


Keynote (technical level: Contribution of SLM practices to the conventions’ targets)

Leigh Winowickie PhD (ICRAF/CA4SH)


Keynote (Introduction to the ELD study on the alignment of the Rio Conventions in Ruanda)

Alisher Mirzabaev PhD (University of Bonn)


Interactive discussion

All panellists and audience


Wrap up and closing

Liesl Wiese-Rozanov

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