In 2019, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) ran five major events, attended by over 3,000 people in person – with millions more engaging online.
“It’s not too late for climate and landscapes” was the message at GLF Kyoto, which streamed live across five continents. Kyoto mayor Daisaku Kadokawa pledged the city would meet a target of zero emissions by 2050.
GLF Bonn put rights in the landscape center stage. Participants rallied behind the recognition of indigenous and local communities’ rights, and developed a draft ‘gold standard’.
In New York, key details for the upcoming UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration were hammered out.
In Ghana, GLF Accra shone a spotlight on successful African restoration projects at various scales.
And at the fourth GLF Investment Case Symposium in Luxembourg, participants explored ways to bring sustainable land-use financing into the mainstream.
At COP25 in Madrid, the GLF communications team brought on-the-ground coverage to the world, including live interviews with participants in the conference – and activists outside it.
Sparking conversation, igniting ambition
As the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use, GLF continues to find new ways to reach diverse people and create impact.
Youth in Landscapes launched a Youth 4 Rights infobrief series, held a ‘hAccrathon’ at GLF Accra and a Youth Dialogue on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
In 2019 GLFx, a new digital platform for the Global Landscapes Forum community, was launched. It is designed to enable and empower community members with the connections, knowledge and technology to connect, share, learn and act globally online and in person in their local community.
Also this year, with support from the Sparkassen Foundation, a state-of-the-art GLF Digital Broadcast Center was established at the CIFOR-ICRAF GLF office in Bonn. The center produces cutting-edge digital conferences and virtual events broadcast worldwide while significantly reducing GLF’s carbon footprint.