How can agroecology and agropastoral approaches become the solution to positive transformative change for degraded lands and their restoration? These and other questions formed the basis of the morning’s open dialogue session with civil society organizations (CSOs). A panel of CSO representatives presented their organizations’ perspectives on the importance of introducing regenerative agricultural practices, including:
- supporting family farms and agroecological practices;
- using local species and sharing research results to improve soil fertility;
- rehabilitating old water reservoirs;
- protecting Amazonian flora and fauna;
- integrating silviculture and silvopasture;
- redirecting financial flows from siloed projects towards integrated portfolios; and
- building a global community of funders for landscape partnerships.
Among existing challenges to implementing agroecology at scale, panelists identified: corporate consolidation of farmlands, insecure tenure, and women’s lack of inheritance and property rights.
In the afternoon the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) reconvened to hear reports by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on financing progammes and projects that address desertification, land degradation and drought, and the Global Mechanism (GM) on progress made in mobilizing resources towards implementation of the Convention. After considering the work programme for CRIC 21, the Committee concluded its work for the day.
Two contact groups met throughout the day to consider draft decisions for the Committee of the Whole (COW), and a CRIC contact group convened in the afternoon. The Rio Conventions Pavilion hosted Land Restoration Day.