Event Colloquium Series

INTERFACES Colloquium Series - #8

The eighth lecture in the INTERFACES colloquium series on “Sustainable land management in sub‐Saharan Africa: Improving livelihoods through local research” is on 11 April 2024 by Dr. Frederike Klümper from TMG Research on “Empowering Communities for a Just Transition towards Land Degradation Neutrality: Evidence from Benin, Kenya, Madagascar and Malawi”.

Colloquium Series Overview

Location: Online via Zoom
Date: 11th April 2024
Time: 16‐17 hrs CEST/CET
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Dr. Frederike Klümper’s presention on “Empowering Communities for a Just Transition towards Land Degradation Neutrality: Evidence from Benin, Kenya, Madagascar and Malawi” will explore the intersection of land degradation neutrality (LDN) initiatives and land tenure rights in Benin, Kenya, Madagascar and Malawi, focusing on the impact on forest-dependent communities. The results show that communities are highly dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods, emphasising the critical importance of recognising and protecting legitimate tenure rights. However, the study also uncovers cases of violations of these rights, exacerbated by institutional challenges and conflicting interpretations of regulations. With that the, the research highlights the need to integrate legitimate tenure rights into LDN initiatives and proposes six solutions to address these challenges, emphasising the importance of participatory approaches and inclusive governance mechanisms.