Side Event at TICAD8: Nature-based Solutions towards a Resilient and Prosperous Africa

OverviewA ninety-minute side event at the TICAD8, entitled "Nature-based Solutions toward a Resilient and Prosperous Africa", was held online on August 26, 2022. It was jointly hosted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Forestry Agency of Japan, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A total of 130 participants at...

[Pre-Announcement] Online Side Event at TICAD 8, – 26 Aug. 2022 –

What challenges are African countries facing in natural resource management towards achieving sustainable development? The Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) will be held from 27th to 28th August 2022. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with Forestry Agency of Japan, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as co-hosts, ...

New Website Officially Launched!

The website of the “Knowledge Program: Nature-based Solutions toward a Resilient and Prosperous Africa” has been officially launched! This website will introduce the co-created knowledge as an effective approach for NbS or “NbS approach”. Stay tuned to our website!
1-1. Policy and planning

1. Developing practical forest conservation and management plans with the participation of local residents

1. Approach’s Outline and Features To establish a practical means of introducing participatory forest management, which is also promoted by national policy, this approach involves conducting pilot activities in a degrading forest reserve, developing a forest reserve management plan with local residents taking part and developing, disseminating and establishing a method for implementing forest conservation activities based on the same. The so-called PAFORM participatory approach described compris...
1-2. Collaboration with other sectors

2. REDD+ initiative through multi-sectoral collaboration

1. Approach’s Outline and Features This approach involves providing a pathway to achieve GHG-emission reductions from forests and other land use sectors through multi-sectoral collaboration, including the main relevant sectors of REDD+ such as energy, land tenure, land utilization planning, demographic planning as well as agriculture and forestry. Formulation of a coordination framework within the state government and formulation of a community development committee in the local village are effe...
2-1. Forest data monitoring

3. Building and operating a sub-national forest monitoring system

1. Approach’s Outline and features This approach involves formulating a forest-monitoring system by synthesizing a forest stratification map and forest inventory data with a system involving time series analysis of maps and data on a sub-national level. While engaging in this approach, the staff having acquired the skills to interpret the satellite data, conduct the field survey and analyze the data, were able to formulate a forest distribution map capable of serving as basic information for RED...
2-1. Forest data monitoring

4. Establishing a robust national forest inventory utilizing forest GIS database

1. Approach’s Outline and Features This approach aims to establish forest inventory methods while mapping the forest distribution and develop a forest GIS database as part of a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS). The first forest distribution map (as of 2015) was prepared as baseline information for the NFMS and a forest GIS database system containing it was designed and developed as a core engine of the NFMS. Using the analytical function of the forest GIS database, 640 random permanent f...
2-1. Forest data monitoring

5. Building a system to monitor logging concessions

1. Approach’s Outline and Features A model for monitoring logging concessions was formulated in accordance with a national forest resource monitoring system and in conjunction with the forest inventory.The approach confirmed applying a logging concession monitoring system using a combination of medium- to high-resolution satellite data and drones would be an effective and efficient method of extracting changes in the target areas. Keywords Logging concession, National forest inventory, PDCA cycl...
2-1. Forest data monitoring

6. SFM using a Fire Early Warning System in sub-Saharan Africa

1. Approach’s Outline and Features This approach involves introducing how to monitor arid/semi-arid wildland fires through a Fire Early Warning System, which equips a region-specific Fire Danger Index (FDI) in sub-Saharan Africa and help manage forest and grassland resources sustainably. In sub-Saharan Africa, wildland fires can normally be spotted burning in the region each year from around April onwards. However, they tend to expand and intensify starting in August, fueled by dried-out vegetat...
2-1. Forest data monitoring

7. Establishing a Forest Reference Emission Level for Policymakers

1. Approach’s Outline and Features This approach aims to propose a quantitative evaluation methodology of the applicability of the Emission Reduction Scenario (ERS) and introduce how to design a Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL), focusing on the agricultural sector as the main driver of deforestation for policymakers. A landscape approach is used to develop a FREL, which is a concept for achieving social, economic and environmental goals on land where productive uses such as agriculture com...