Welcome to the Global Landscapes Forum

  • We are not a single government, organization, religion or ideology.
  • We do not support a political agenda.
  • We are indigenous groups in Borneo and farmers cooperatives in Cameroon.
  • We are primary schools in Nepal and agricultural universities in the Netherlands.
  • We are governments from Brazil, Indonesia, Peru and Germany.
  • We are scientists researching every land sector and finding solutions to climate change.
  • We are investment banks in Hong Kong and village stall owners in rural Zambia.
  • We are the world’s largest donors and development banks, the biggest organizations and the smallest NGOs, trying to do good for our planet and well-being.
  • We live on the cutting edge while tuning into the wisdom of the Earth.

We are here to connect, share, learn and act.

    We are the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. We have connected 3,900 organizations and 150,000 participants to our gatherings in Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech, Jakarta, Bonn Washington D.C. and Nairobi - with 100 million others online. We are greening Africa through the AFR100 and Latin America through Initiative 20x20. We are fighting to save the world’s peatlands through the Global Peatlands Initiative and its coastal communities through the Blue Carbon Partnership. We are developing innovative finance mechanisms to invest in sustainable farming and supply chains with the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility, among others.

And we have only just begun.


We aspire to spark a movement of 1 billion people around sustainable landscapes. Crazy right? But no one ever achieved anything big by thinking small.

We believe in taking a holistic, fact-based approach to the most pressing global challenges: restoring billions of hectares of idle, degraded land; tackling insecure tenure, community and gender rights; addressing food insecurity and declining rural livelihoods; confronting inadequate finance and unsustainable supply chains; and finding a universal framework of indicators to adequately measure progress.

To achieve this, we need to break silos.

We share a positive vision of what the world’s diverse landscapes – from the Andean Mountains to the peatlands of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the everyday places where we live, work and raise our children - can look like if we all work together. Let’s tear down the fences and connect our backyards.

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What is the Global Landscapes Forum?

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is a movement that puts communities first in addressing landscape-level issues. With science and traditional knowledge at the core, GLF outreach, events and projects are designed not only to spark dialogue, but also follow-through to impact in addressing some of the most complex and multi-stakeholder problems facing our earth and our communities.

Sustainable landscapes are essential for the future we want: for food, livelihoods, health, renewable materials, energy, biodiversity, business development, trade, climate regulation and water. Recognizing this complexity – the diversity of landscape realities – and the need for holistic approaches, the GLF is founded on four principles, aiming to engage 1 billion people: connecting, sharing, learning and acting.

We are now the world’s largest science-led platform on sustainable land use. To date, we have connected 3,000 organizations and 25,000 people through our gatherings in Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech and Jakarta - with 32 million others online.

What is the Landscape Approach?

The Landscape Approach is about balancing competing land use demands in a way that is best for human well-being and the environment. It means creating solutions that consider food and livelihoods, finance, rights, restoration and progress towards climate and development goals.

A quick Introduction to the Landscapes Approach

Our impact:

Congo Peatlands Agreement

The historic Brazaville Declaration was signed by the Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia and establishes a foundation for cooperation on planned agriculture, oil and gas mining, and logging projects in the Cuvette Centrale region, the world’s largest tropical peatland. GLF/CIFOR are part of the Global Peatlands Initiative, which helped forge the deal. The Cuvette Centrale peatland was recently mapped by an international team of scientists, and findings were detailed in the 2017 “Smoke on Water” report released at the Global Landscapes Forum conference in December in Bonn, Germany.


The AFR100 is a pan-African, country-led restoration effort to bring 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes in Africa under restoration by 2030.

International Partnership for Blue Carbon

Australia, Indonesia, and Costa Rica, along with GRID-Arendal, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Office of the Pacific Oceanscape Commissioner, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Global Change Institute, launched the Blue Carbon Initiative (with Conservation International, IUCN, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – UNESCO) at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris. The Partnership brought together collaborative cross-sectoral partners to share knowledge and accelerate action regarding coastal blue carbon ecosystems.

TFA2020 Africa’s Oil Palm Initiative

The Africa Palm Oil Initiative (APOI) brought together nine Central and West African governments, as well as the private sector, civil society and indigenous and local peoples groups, in a commitment to make this key industry sustainable and responsible. The initiative was launched at an important moment in the development of the palm oil industry in the region, as it is on the verge of becoming a net exporter. High-level representatives of the nine governments met in Marrakesh to sign the pledge, which aims to be a sustainable driver of long-term, low-carbon development in a manner that is socially beneficial and protects tropical forests. The countries concerned are: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. The APOI was the first major initiative of the Tropical Forest Alliance, a global public-private partnership set up in 2012 that aims to reduce deforestation linked to key global commodities.

Global Peatlands Initiative

Launched at the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum in Marrakesh, this is a new UN Environment-led multi-partner effort to save peatlands- which store the largest quantity of carbon stocks of any ecosystem.

Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF)

The Tropical Landscapes Financing Facility (TLFF) was launched at the Forum in Marrakesh. TLFF uses a novel structure, leveraging public funding to provide access to long-term finance at affordable rates to support smallholder producers, renewable energy production and other land users’ investment in sustainable Indonesian landscapes.

Partner appreciation:

Led by CIFOR with core partners including UN Environment, The World Bank, and the Government of Germany, the GLF is scaling-up to significantly contribute towards sustainable and low-emission development aspired by Agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris agreement. How will you be a part of the GLF?

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