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Global Landscapes Forum

As of: August 2019

Objective and activities

The GLF is a science-led multi-sectoral platform producing and disseminating knowledge and accelerating action to build more resilience, climate-friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscape. GLF connects diverse stakeholders; provides learning opportunities; gathers and shares knowledge; and accelerates uptake to produce positive, sustainable impact that will contribute to achieving Agenda 2030. The landscape approach seeks to compromise about competing social , environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GFL champions this through 4 activities: engagement through collaborative platforms and events; outreach to expand awareness and interaction; creation of a knowledge hub; and a learning lab for capacity building. These activities contribute to creating a Global Community of Practice to accelerate best practices and positively impact one billion people through the widespread use of landscape approach by 2020.

State of implementation/results

  • The 2019 Annual GLF conference in Bonn will be organized on 22-23 June 2019. The conference will be held alongside the UNFCCC SB50 meetings and will focus the world’s attention on the fundamental importance of rights to address the current environmental crisis. More information:…
  • The third major GLF conference this year is the GLF New York conference to launch the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 back to back with the UN Climate Summit (tentatively 28 September 2019).
  • On 13 May 2019, GLF hosted the GLF “return to Kyoto” conference in Kyoto. Several online discussion fora were mobilised through an ‘around the clock’ online event following the sun. Online discussion forums events were hosted in Bogor, Nepal, Nairobi, Wageningen, Vancouver and Rio de Janeiro. More information:…
  • A half-day event was held alongside the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. It ensured that key lessons regarding forest and landscapes restoration could be transferred into the UNFCCC discussions.
  • On 1 and 2 December 2018, the Global Landscapes Forum took place in Bonn, Germany. Actors from across a wide range of sectors, backgrounds and countries came together to explore how to move from commitments and pledges on sustainable landscapes to implementation.
  • The Global Landscapes Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, from 29 to 30 August 2018 focused on landscape restoration in Africa.

Project data

Implementing organisation:
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

BMU grant:
€ 5,500,000

04/2017 till 03/2021