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Greening Governance Seminar Series: Building Resilience and Greening Africa through Entrepreneurship

Join leading restoration and climate resilience experts to learn more about how entrepreneurs in Africa are leading the restoration movement, creating jobs, and making their communities more resilient to climate change.

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About The Event

Experts examined the state of entrepreneurship in land restoration: what are entrepreneurs doing to accelerate their growth, how do these land-centric businesses adapt to climate change, and how can multi-stakeholder platforms like AFR100 support the visionaries of tomorrow.

Africa is the continent hit hardest by climate change. This has a major human impact since 70 percent of Africans are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Climate risks like droughts and floods, which are increasing and intensifying, directly hurt African farmers. Restoring land — for example, by planting trees — helps farmers to adapt to climate change since trees provide ecosystem services that can modify local rainfall patterns, increase shade, and regulate water flows. Entrepreneurs see a business opportunity here. Hundreds of businesses centered on land restoration have sprouted across Africa in recent years. This event will discuss this rising trend.

WRI hosted the Land Accelerator, the first startup accelerator in the world to focus on land restoration, in partnership with Fledge in December 2018. It brought together 12 entrepreneurs from seven countries across Africa. These include a company that supplies drought-tolerant seeds for farmers and another that captures soil carbon through decentralized fertilizer production. Most of the companies are focused on planting trees for food and timber.

This event also explored the challenges and possible solutions that businesses can implement to prosper in the face of climate change, as well as the role of AFR100 — a country-led movement to restore 100 million hectares across Africa by 2030 — in mobilizing the private sector.


  • Sofia Faruqi, Manager, New Restoration Economy, WRI
  • Moushumi Chaudhury, Associate, Climate Resilience, WRI
  • Emily Averna, Associate, AFR100, WRI
  • Kuki Njeru, Co-Founder, Green Pot Enterprises

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About the Series

WRI's Greening Governance Seminar Series bridges the divide between the governance and environmental communities to identify solutions that benefit people and the planet.

  • Why do some environmental policies succeed in one country but fail in another?
  • What will it take to transform the Paris Agreement’s ambitious commitments into actionable policies?
  • How can decision-makers engage a range of stakeholders, from average citizens to Fortune 500 companies, to build support for policies that protect natural resources and the communities that depend on them?
  • How can governments sustain this environmental action across election cycles?

Many of the answers to these questions are, at heart, issues of governance.

Increasing public participation in environmental decision-making can deepen civil society’s commitment to climate change mitigation and yield more equitable, effective policies. Enhancing government transparency equips communities with the information that they need to engage in these policy-making processes. Strengthening accountability frameworks helps ensure that governments make progress on their Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets. In short, good governance can improve climate and environmental outcomes.

Yet the governance and climate communities continue to work in silos, conducting research and implementing programs that remain largely divorced from one another.

WRI’s Greening Governance Seminar Series seeks to bridge this divide by bringing together leading experts from both fields to discuss the intersection of their work, the most pressing environmental governance issues at hand, and solutions that benefit people and the planet.

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