2014 Global Landscapes Forum taking shape

The second Global Landscapes Forum, coordinated by CIFOR, is taking shape, with a packed agenda available now.

More than 40 discussion forums, civil society sessions and high-level panels have been scheduled, covering topics from REDD+ through private sector involvement to a changing climate change agenda. Climate-smart agriculture is a big area of interest, featured in six sessions.

The results and case studies presented by some 60 organizations will show that landscapes approaches are more than the latest fad in development cooperation. They offer valid concepts and tools to tackle interdependent global problems in a participatory manner.

By bringing together researchers and practitioners, foresters and farmers, businesspeople and activists, development workers and politicians – the conference will challenge them to overcome silo-thinking.

As an example of cross-sectoral action, the Global Landscapes Forum is co-hosted by Peru’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, and both ministers will attend as high-level speakers. Coordinating partners are the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Sessions include topics such as:

Jurisdictional approaches to REDD+ and experiences with multi-level governance: Bringing together global data, Latin American case studies and views from the ground – co-hosted by the Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF) and The Nature Conservancy, National Forestry Commission of Mexico (CONAFOR)

Learning from REDD Safeguards Information Systems (SIS): voices from research, policy and practice – co-hosted by REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (REDD+ SES) Initiative

Resilience, vulnerability and climate-smart agriculture – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Turning the tide: how fiscal and trade policy instruments can be used to stimulate more resilient landscapes and reduce deforestation – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

See the full program here.