On July 27-29, 2016, southern Africa’s oldest regional network is meeting at the Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, to discuss the conservation of the Miombo woodlands.
Spanning seven countries and 2.7 million square km, the Miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa. They directly support the livelihoods of 65 million people, making their protection essential to the sustainable development of local communities.
In 2013, the Miombo Network – a regional partnership on collaborative land monitoring and management – was revived after a 10-year hiatus and a scientific plan to guide conservation efforts of the Miombo woodlands was created. Now, Eduardo Mondlane University, the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), IUCN, the Program on Forests (PROFOR), the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) and the World Bank are convening a meeting to review the progress of the Network and chart an actionable strategy for the next three years.
The sessions will focus on identifying drivers of degradation, ways of harnessing traditional knowledge on the woodlands and applying it to policy and evaluating the present scientific data available to practitioners.