Global Landscapes Forum: Best of 2017
Marking a new chapter in global landscapes
The year 2017 launched a new and expanded phase of the Global Landscapes Forum. Led by CIFOR and the other core partners – UN Environment, The World Bank, and the Government of Germany – the GLF is embarking on a new chapter in landscapes. Its mission is to fully realize the inclusive development envisioned by Agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris agreement. The GLF is putting people first, prioritizing dialogue, building consensus and forging evidence-based solutions to real-world problems.
“You cannot bore people into action. They need to be excited and inspired to take action and change their behaviour” Erik Solheim – Executive Director, UN Environment
“We are all stakeholders in the problems we address” Robert Nasi – Director General, CIFOR
The GLF Bonn 2017 event officially announced the launch of a five-year partnership with the German Government, the World Bank and UN Environment, launching the beginning of a new global movement around sustainable development. More than 1000 people from 103 countries attended the event, nearly 40 million engaged across social media networks, while 51,000 connected remotely from 114 different countries. The GLF shares 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.
The year 2017 was a landmark year for the GLF. It marks the establishment of the first global platform dedicated to sparking a movement of 1 billion people around sustainable landscapes. The GLF is much more than a sum of its events. And we have only just begun.
Best News Stories Of 2017
Guardian of the forest
After the 2015 fires in Kalimantan, local communities have stepped up to protect and restore peatlands.
Indigenous communities, biodiversity in focus at Global Landscapes Forum
Launching a movement to connect a billion people, the GLF combines restoration, financing, development goals, rights, food and livelihoods.
Sadhguru at Global Landscapes Forum: Millions who Rally for Rivers favor reforestation
The Indian mystic leader shared with the forum his vision for inclusive sustainable development, preservation and restoration in India.
Choice between development and nature a false dilemma, says Felipe Calderon
The former President of Mexico informed the conference that environmental and economic challenges can only be tackled together.
Best Presentations Of 2017
Land use change through behaviour change
A clear-minded and ambitious take on the change in behaviour required to stop and reverse damage to our environment and how the change can be brought about.
What forests can do for water and climate
Forests are an essential component of any water system on account of recharging groundwater, transferring vapour, cooling the air and even moderating flooding.
Smart technologies forest smart
The use of technology in forests is an essential development in the fight against deforestation, illegal logging, poaching and other forms of environmental degradation.
Forest smart solutions
A look at the complex, interconnected and sometimes unexpected factors that influence the degradation of landscape and the scope for its preservation and restoration.
Best Infographics Of 2017
Peatlands and Climate Change
Peatlands are one of the environment’s richest and least-recognised resources. This infographic explains how they benefit us – by fostering biodiversity, regulating water flow and storing carbon – and how we can protect them.
Forests, markets and demand
Forests can play a key part in global sustainability by managing demand for wood and thereby boosting employment, energy resources, biodiversity and vital ecosystems.
INFOGRAPHIC: Forests and family farms sustaining landscapes
Forests and family farms are part of an integrated productive system for indigenous peoples, local forest communities, and smallholders living in forested landscapes. Together forests and family farms deliver ecosystem services and benefits for livelihoods and well-being.
Infographic: Landscapes in Climate & Development Policy
Understand the key numbers behind climate change, world development policy and the underlying political, economic and environmental factors.
Best Landscapes Talks Of 2017
Adopting a new perspective on landscapes and water - Bruno Locatelli
Restoring NW European peatlands through sustainable building material - Aldert van Weeren
Planet for sale - Dr. Tony Simons
Mangroves and Wetlands Ecosystem Management in Bangladesh - Dr. Shafi Noor Islam
Tracing the life of an avocado from Amsterdam to Mexico - John Colmey
Best Tweets Of 2017
Join Actor and Activist
@AlecBaldwin at #GLFBonn2017. Connect with the GLF community and make your voice heard! #ThinkLandscape Watch his video message as he speaks to the GLF movement below, and tune in online for his live address: Attend-online … @ABFalecbaldwin
The most important aspect of starting a positive
#movement is moving away from abstract ideas and towards real issues that concern people. “If you make it about the people, they will naturally take up to it.” @SadhguruJV at #GLFBonn2017 #AMA #ThinkLandscape @ishafoundation
Sadhguru talks to Erik Solheim about his campaign Rally for Rivers and how he galvanized 160 million in an effort to increase tree cover to save the rivers of India. http://bit.ly/2kPiBiE
@UNEP Executive Director @ErikSolheim discussed #RallyforRivers with the @ishafoundation Founder @SadhguruJV at the #GLFBonn2017 #ThinkLandscape. A must read from @newindianexpres: http://www.newindianexpress.com/pti-news/2017/dec/23/rally-for-rivers-discussed-at-global-landscapes-forum-1735409.html …
2017 Media Mentions
The Global Landscapes Forum brought together 84 organizations, connecting 52,000 people online and in person to launch a global movement dedicated to delivering change through partnerships. The latest 2017 GLF event in Bonn attracted world media coverage in multiple languages, spreading our message and mandate across the globe.Read our media mentions