Human well-being depends on sustainable landscapes. Safe and plentiful food, health benefits, livelihoods and income, trade and economic opportunities, renewable materials and energy, biodiversity, climate regulation and water security are among the many resources supported by forests, fields and wetlands. They are an essential part of the future we want.
In recent years, global commitments on conservation, landscape restoration and emissions reduction have accelerated action towards a safer, fairer and more sustainable future. The next step in achieving these pledges, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Bonn Challenge which seeks to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land, is mobilizing coordinated, multilateral action, financing and political will.
GLF Bonn 2018 will bring together a wide diversity of stakeholders from investors to indigenous groups, policy makers, farmers and youth to learn from each other, share success stories and coordinate implementation of practices and policy. By connecting sustainable landscape approaches with global processes, the Summit is a platform to share lessons across different sectors and regions to move from commitments to implementation.
Supported by the German government and key partners, the GLF event will attract more than 2,000 participants in Bonn on Dec. 1 and 2, as well as millions more for the online edition. Digital summits featuring landscape restoration practitioners and scientists, live streaming of discussion forums and social media participation will offer thought-provoking debate, concrete plans and momentum for landscape transformations on the ground now.