Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Community of Practice (AFOLU CoP)
Countries in Africa are championing efforts to catalyze low emission climate-resilient development. As a key aspect of their efforts, countries are leading work in the AFOLU sector that align with key socio-economic development goals. To further these efforts and enable peer learning and application of learning to key policy measures and actions, the Africa LEDS Partnership, Africa LEDS project team, and the AFOLU working have partnered to launch an Africa AFOLU Community of Practice (CoP).
The Africa AFOLU CoP is intended to be an interactive network comprised of national and subnational governments, technical institutions, businesses, non-profits and other international organizations addressing real-time policy and technical challenges and solutions related to the AFOLU sector. It is a platform for ongoing collaboration to allow for deeper learning and sustained participation, continuous access to tools and expert assistance, and to foster champions that will serve as role models for other countries in the regions. The AFOLU CoP is designed to be demand driven to meet members’ needs and will offer support and solutions to early movers as needs emerge. Objectives of the CoP are highlighted below.
- Enabling countries to achieve key socio-economic objectives through catalytic action in the AFOLU sector.
- Supporting peer learning and knowledge sharing on key topics within the AFOLU sector in Africa based on demand-driven interest and needs and with a focus on translating robust analysis into concrete policies and other actions.
- Building the capacity of hub institutions to continue the work of the CoP over time and transfer capacity to other institutions on the continent.
In 2018, the CoP activities were launched in collaboration with 8 partner countries through the Africa LEDS Project: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique and Zambia and in collaboration with a broader set of countries through the Africa LEDS Partnership. Initial priority topics were chosen in relation to demand-driven consultations with the 8 countries since the start of the project. Following the initial launch event in April 2018, the CoP was expanded to include other countries throughout the African region. In 2018, the AFOLU CoP focused on peer learning, knowledge exchange, and expert assistance on key topics.