CIFOR-ICRAF@GLF Bonn Digital Conference 2020

03 - 05 Jun 2020, Online


Leveraging data for transformational change towards climate- and forest-friendly food systems

The land use sector plays an important role in achieving a more sustainable future as forests are key to climate change mitigation, and food production must be ensured for a growing population. In this session we will discuss the role of data in achieving transformational change for the land use sector. We will discuss (1) the opportunities for better monitoring and quantification of land use and associated greenhouse gas sources and sinks, including the use of new technologies and global data; we will (2) highlight lessons learned and challenges of using this information to bring about transformational change towards more sustainable and climate friendly food systems; and (3) scientists and practitioners will share their experiences with data-related challenges, covering issues like transparency, power, and accountability.

Key questions of session:

  • How is data being used by different stakeholders and how has this led to change?
  • What can we learn from the agriculture and forest sector? What can we learn from different countries/stakeholders?
  • What are the challenges and obstacles of using data for transformational change?
  • What is the role of transparency, and how do we move to more accountability in the land use sector?


Christine Lamanna

Climate Change Decision Scientist, ICRAF

Veronica Ndetu

Head of the Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya

Floriberto Vasquez Ruiz

Secretary of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico

Martin Herold

Professor, Wageningen University & Research

Mikaela Weisse

Project Manager, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute

Marco Arenas Aspilcueta

National Service for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), Peru

Raúl Martin Reategui Suncion

National Service for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), Peru

Daniel Murdiyarso

Principal Scientist, CIFOR

Pham Thu Thuy

Senior Scientist, CIFOR


Niki De Sy

Assistent Professor, Wageningen University & Research



4 June 2020