A year of unprecedented growth wraps up for the Global Landscapes Forum, which has now reached more than 250 million in over 195 countries with its messages about sustainable landscapes. Key sustainability stakeholders have joined forces with the GLF in a mission to create a global movement of 1 billion people and GLF events on three continents got the world talking about are the next steps for action on the ground in moving faster together towards a sustainable future. Youth and media programs have empowered young people and journalists to lead the conversations on landscapes, while the freshly launched Landscape Academy provides an international landscape curriculum for anybody and everybody wanting to further their skills and knowledge.
“Touching people’s hearts is how you change their behavior, and this is the only way to create long-lasting change.” Fe Cortez, Brazilian entrepreneur
“We honor rights as our foundation for our work going forward. We cannot address climate change without addressing other inequalities in communities.” Janene Yazzie, indigenous rights activist
In 2018, the GLF focused on revealing the stories of local actors improving landscapes and livelihoods at ground level and their successes serve now as inspiration for stakeholders from all levels and backgrounds to step up efforts and opportunities for green funding. Voices of the Landscapes plenaries at GLF Nairobi and Bonn strengthened local voices talking to governments and investors, while the GLF Landscape Heroes campaign drew eye-opening stories from all continents of people driving positive change.
Making the financial case for the private sector to invest in sustainability, featuring restoration success across Africa, monitoring how far we’ve come since the Paris Agreement and REDD+, mapping out the steps towards SDG targets and tackling climate change at landscape level were core to discussions in Washington DC, Nairobi, Bonn and Katowice, but also across social media platforms, among tens of thousands of people.
21 international organizations have now officially joined the GLF as charter members, a key move marked in the closing of GLF Bonn with their commitments to action. The GLF is growing stronger than ever and building the lessons of 2018 into an even more ambitious 2019 for landscapes. Stay tuned!
Best News Stories Of 2018
White Mountain: Maasai vow to restore the lost ice cap of Mount Kilimanjaro
NAIROBI (Landscape News) — The Kilimanjaro landscape featuring the best known and highest mountain in Africa is facing environmental challenges.
Africa’s Great Green Wall: A work in progress
BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Much has changed since 2007, when the African Union launched the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) as a bulwark against the encroaching desert.
Migration, environment and climate change: What’s new, and what’s true
The question of human mobility in relation to climate change and environmental degradation has been gaining increasing prominence in public and policy debates, with the emergence of a plethora of academic literature and policy discussions over the course of the last decade.
The IPCC 1.5-degree report promises major disruptions: Forests are needed to soften the blow
On 8 October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that assesses the state of science on the benefits of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and compares this to the current target of 2 degrees Celsius that has been widely accepted in scientific and policy circles.
Best Presentations Of 2018
Restoration on the move, experiences from the field – An effort led by 17 countries to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America
Organisation: Initiative 20×20
Indonesia’s Ocean Agenda for Blue Carbon
Presented by Sjafri Burhanuddin at Blue Carbon Summit, on 17-18 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Status and Challenges of the Indonesian Fishery Industry
Presented by Hendra Sugandhi at Blue Carbon Summit, on 17-18 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia
Penanganan Marine Debris Untuk Perlindungan Kawasan Laut dan Pantai
Presented by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan at Blue Carbon Summit, on 17-18 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia
Best Publications Of 2018
Role of capital in enhancing participation of women in commercial forestry: A case study of the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS) project in Uganda
In light of an increased demand for wood products throughout Africa, forest plantations are increasingly becoming important sources of wood to supplement the diminishing supply from natural forests.
What women and men want: Considering gender for successful, sustainable land management programs: Lessons learned from the Nairobi Water Fund
This brief introduces a case study that explores the different barriers that men and women face when implementing sustainable land management (SLM) under the Nairobi Water Fund (NWF) in Kenya
Communities restoring landscapes: Stories of resilience and success
This collection of 12 stories from women and men in nine countries in different parts of Africa shines a light on the efforts of communities, some of them decades-long, in restoring degraded forests and landscapes.
Reasons to #thinkbamboo
Did you know that bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world? Find out more about this naturally abundant, strategic plant in this fact sheet, including on its role for poverty alleviation, environmental protection and climate change mitigation.
Reshaping the terrain: Forest landscape restoration efforts in Ghana
As one of the key partners of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR 100), Ghana is committed to restore 2 million hectares of its land by 2030. In this factsheet, the major approaches to forest landscape restoration are outlined and enabling conditions as well as major constraints to forest landscape restoration elaborated.
GLF Nairobi 2018 Outcome Statement: Prospects and Opportunities for Restoration in Africa
As shown by the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) – in which 27 African countries have committed to restoring 100 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes by 2030 there is unprecedented political will for forest and landscape restoration in Africa.
Best Podcasts Of 2018
How African youth think of the future of their continent
Voices of the Landscape: stories of resilience and success across Africa
Fashion and the SDGs: Looking at sustainable supply chains
African governments battle against plastic pollution
Germany’s take on the global bioeconomy, from definition to dandelion
Best Landscapes Talks Of 2018
Lawrence Afere – Why I chose sustainable farming over suit and tie
Milagre Nuvunga – Landscape restoration models – a predominantly ecological construct doomed
Gita Syahrani – ‘Herding Cats’
Felipe Villela – Using agroforestry to turn degradation into profitability
Irina Fedorenko – Taking flight: The drones that plant a billion trees
Landscape Talks – John E. Fa: Wild game in wild spaces
Best Tweets Of 2018
#Infographic The impacts that urban growth could have on #biodiversity and human wellbeing. We must empower #cities to plan for a positive #natural future – where people, nature and #animals all thrive, says @nature_org.
A search engine that saves trees? Berlin-based startup
@Ecosia offers 1 million euros to save #Germany’s Hambach Forest from coal mining. #RWE refused the offer, but a 2nd offer is coming. Stay tuned! #thinklandscape #hambibleibt @HambiBleibt #glfBonn2018
Best Of Instagram Posts
These are the wise words from Tony Rinaudo, Natural Resources Management Specialist at World Vision, laureate at the Right Livelihood Award (alternative Nobel Prize) and opening plenary speaker at #GLFBonn2018.
I want to help people see the connections between their actions and the landscape impacts they have, because healthy landscapes leads to healthy lifestyles.” ㅤ
It’s a great honor to see more and more people engaged in bringing
#productive, #profitable, #equitable & #resilient#landscapes to #life.
Watch Rocky’s interview from GLF Nairobi here and support local heroes leading restoration. Find link in bio!
#thinklandscape #afr100 #restoreafrica#landscaperestoration #forestrestoration@unenvironment @unfccc @undp@worldagroforestry @worldbank@rockydawuni @africanunion_officialpage@farmersfirstafrica @agroafricamag#nairobi #kenya #africa #greenbelt#greenbeltmovement@bioversityinternational @rockydawuni
Fernanda Cortez is transforming environmental education and activism in an accessible and reachable practice. Today, she spoke at the Youth Plenary in #GLFBonn2018, inspiring many people all over the world.
2018 Media Mentions
Through its events in Washington, Nairobi, Bonn and Katowice, GLF has been making the headlines around the world, with more than 230 mentions in print, online and radio news outlets. Articles in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Bahasa and Swahili reached more than 26 million people across the globe.