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LUCSUS leads new capacity building programme on Agenda 2030


LUCSUS is starting a new capacity building programme to develop knowledge and leadership among leaders and decision makers from across Africa about the Agenda 2030.

‘Land is Life’ is a novel 2 MSEK pilot program on capacity development for Agenda 2030 funded by the Swedish Institute. The programme aims to train future leaders and decision makers from across Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, and Uganda)  to build knowledge, understand measurement and develop leadership on SDG15 (Life on land) and Agenda 2030 with focus on SDG15 (Life on land) and Ecosystem and biodiversity.

The programme is led by LUCSUS toghether with five departments across Lund University and international partners from the University of Nairobi, the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, University of Rwanda, ICRAF, Vi-skogen, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. The LUCSUS core team comprises Genesis Yengoh, Sara Gabrielsson, Ann Åkerman and Emily Boyd. The progamme will be supported by LUCE at Lund University and link to the new LU Agenda 2030 Graduate School.




SDG15 Life on Land

Human life depends on the earth as much as the ocean for our sustenance and livelihoods. Plant life provides 80 percent of  our human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resource and means of development. Forests account for 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, providing vital habitats for millions of species and important sources for clean air and water; as well as being crucial for combating climate change.

Today we are seeing unprecedented land degradation, and the loss of arable land at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Drought and desertification is also on the rise each year, amounting to the loss of 12 million hectares and affects poor communities globally. Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 percent are extinct and 22 percent are at risk of extinction.

The SDGs aim to conserve and restore the use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains by 2020. Halting deforestation is also vital to mitigating the impact of climate change. Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage.