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Landscapes for a New Climate and Development Agenda

The Global Landscapes Forum is the world’s largest and only science-led multi-sectoral platform designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. The GLF platforms connects diverse stakeholders; provides learning opportunities; gathers and shares knowledge; and accelerates action to produce positive, sustainable impact.

Landscape approaches embrace compromise amongst competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF utilizes this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Global Landscapes Forum Paris. Photo by CIFOR.

Global Landscapes Forum Paris. Photo by CIFOR.

Outcome Statement of the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action for Sustainable Development

More than 5,500 stakeholders from forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law, finance and more came together for the fourth annual Global Landscapes Forum on 16 November, 2016 in Marrakesh. The thematic event, convened by a cross-sectoral consortium of international organizations, encouraged the exchange of the latest climate and sustainable development knowledge and research that will enable the transition from global commitment to local action. The Outcome Statement (pdf) highlights four cross-cutting key messages that sum up some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities for moving towards sustainable landscapes:

  1. Strengthening cross-sectoral collaboration efforts
  2. Increasing engagement with local stakeholders
  3. Pushing to mobilize the private and finance sectors
  4. Implementing new technology and tools to increase transparency and effectively

Global Landscapes Forum – Peatlands Matter

When thinking of forests, don’t forget the value of trees

By Werner L. Kornexl

Over the past decade, commitments and support for Forest Landscape Restoration have grown significantly. As part of the Bonn Challenge, for instance, some 40 countries, sub-national jurisdictions, and non-governmental entities have now pledged to restore forest landscapes across 148 million hectares. Although the environmental benefits in terms of ecosystem services, soil restoration, water, biodiversity and climate resilience are evident, the tremendous economic arguments and the value proposition for poor people living in, or nearby, the forests, are not always at the forefront of the efforts to restore landscapes….

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