MEDIA ADVISORY: New Web portal offers quick access to data on forests, trees and agroforestry

CGIAR FTA website: Data and digital resources for informed decision making


BONN, Germany (20 June 2019) — A newly enhanced Web portal features a massive amount of data on forests, trees and agroforestry, putting it at the fingertips of scientists, civil society, governments, extension agents, farmers and foresters and the general public.

The CGIAR Forests, Trees and Agroforestry website has been revamped to include 5,000 publications, more than 200 datasets and 74 spatial data maps. Users will be able to easily search for resources in the publications section and on the new data portal.

To be launched at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn, Germany on Sunday, 23 June 2019, scientists will demonstrate the latest innovations and digital resources related to CGIAR FTA research and their practical application. FTA enhances the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development, food security and in addressing climate change.

“We are a research for development program. Which means that the knowledge we produce is not only for researchers, it is for stakeholders and decision makers at all levels from local to national governments. We have redesigned the website with this in mind,” said Vincent Gitz, FTA director at the Center for International Forestry Research.

“Access to our research and data is part of our commitment to enhance the contribution of forests, trees and agroforestry to sustainable development, and the tools and digital resources available on the website offer opportunities for greater knowledge dissemination and collaboration.”

The theme of GLF Bonn 2019 is on rights and climate change, including Indigenous rights, women’s rights, youth and local communities. More than 1,500 leaders from 100 countries will attend the conference, including Indigenous peoples, ministers, scientists, finance heads, global media, youth and more. Thousands more will follow online.


Remote interviews available for off-site journalists.


For further information and interviews, please contact:

Laura Reumann, email:


When: 23 June 2019; 1300-1345

Where: Maritim Hotel Bonn, Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger-Allee 1,53175



The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is the world’s largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security and to address climate change. CIFOR leads FTA in partnership with Bioversity International, CATIE, CIRAD, ICRAF, INBAR and TBI.

FTA’s work is supported by the CGIAR Trust Fund.



 The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihood initiatives, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with its co-founders UN Environment and the World Bank and Charter Members. Charter members: CIRAD, CIFOR, Climate Focus, Conservation International, Ecoagriculture Partners, The European Forest Institute, Evergreen Agriculture, FSC, GEF, IPMG, CIAT, ICIMOD, IFOAM – Organics International, INBAR, IUFRO, Rainforest Alliance, Rare, Rights and Resources Initiative, UN Environment, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation part of Wageningen Research, World Agroforestry, World Resources Institute, WWF Germany, Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), World Bank Group.

A Just Future: YIL Workshop to help equip a generation of rights champions

As the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation become more complex and intense, it is those most immediately dependent on landscapes and their resources that face the greatest burden.

Promoting a rights-based approach to landscape management will be vital to indigenous groups, youth, women, and local communities, tied to landscape resources determining their own futures.

Together with experts and mentors, 40 outstanding young people will participate in their own workshop before GLF Bonn 2019 on June 20th and 21st to co-create understanding of the intersection of rights and landscapes. Such an understanding can empower young people to create rights literate communities.

This two day workshop, entitled “A Just Future – Social Justice in a Changing Climate” and led by the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), has a packed agenda that includes exercises, expert exchange, group work, mentor networking, and more.

By engaging in the workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about key rights-related issues and current global solutions
  • Understand how climate change affects rights of communities
  • Learn how to adopt a rights-based approach to their work
  • Expand their network, meeting professionals from all over the world
  • Collaborate with existing youth organizations, programs and initiatives
Speakers of Youth Plenary. Photo by Pilar Valbuena/GLF

Equipped with the rights savvy and tools necessary to bring rights based approaches to their work, these future champions will play a central role in the, in which participants will weigh in with experts on the right to a future. This plenary is expected to serve as a platform for the intergenerational dialogue necessary to create transformative change in sustainable development. You can read more about the plenary here.

This YIL workshop on rights is one in a line of youth workshops tied to GLF events that have inspired and built the change making capacity of young people. You can read more about last year’s program on Landscape leadership here.

Written by Sophia Callahan, GLF Trainee

Chase the Challenge: A message to the YIL Community

When you are faced with a challenge – you see a mountain of difficulty and hard work in front of you – run towards it. Do not look away or hide. Pay no mind to whether it seems impossible. Simply, chase the challenge.


Over the past year and a half, I’ve been able to better understand what it means to be challenged. I first became Youth Coordinator in a time of transition and great opportunity. The GLF was entering a new five-year phase while the Youth in Landscapes Initiative was working out the details of a formal partnership.


It is difficult to maintain the energy, legitimacy and core values of an organic youth movement while building partnerships but thanks to the YIL leadership and Steering Committee – YIL has grown in record numbers. This all-inclusive initiative, created by youth for youth, has shaken the coconut in Rome, crafted a restoration community in Nairobi and challenged landscape leaders in Bonn.


As I step away from the role of Youth Coordinator and into the GLF Knowledge and Learning team, I want to reflect on our incredible power.


We – the collective youth community – create magic together. Whether it’s online discussions, new friendships or workshops, these opportunities create magic and new knowledge for positive change. I hope that we never forget our responsibility. That we must take decisive action towards the dreams that scare us the most. We don’t have the luxury of making friends with fear or hesitancy. Our time is short.


This month, I encourage us to embrace the challenges we face in our life head on. And when you feel you have accomplished a challenge, take some time to celebrate, and then…begin chasing the next.


Always yours,

Salina Abraham


Ways to participate in GLF events

There are many ways to participate in Global Landscapes Forum events, the full range of which is listed below. Some events may only offer a limited number of these opportunities.

For more information on hosting or participating in any of these activities please contact the GLF coordination team at

  • Interactive sessions (formerly Discussion Forums) to accelerate action toward sustainable landscapes by incorporating a range of voices and opinions, sharing knowledge and challenging conventions built on innovative formats for real discussions and pre- and post-event digital summits to push discursive learning.
  • Digital Summits, online events held before, during and after GLF 2018 that include engaging webinars and outreach campaigns to foster global input into key topics.
  • Landscape Pavilions where people working across landscapes can meet, talk and hear from communities to plan for practical action and showcase technical, financial, political and social processes and innovations for planning and implementing sustainable landscapes at scale using a marketplace and hub where entrepreneurs and innovators can learn from, and share with, experts, researchers and other GLF stakeholders.
  • Landscape Laboratories that showcase innovations in technology, approaches and programs.
  • Plenaries highlighting champions and change makers from communities, science and more, departing from norms and encouraging impact.
  • Landscapes Talks, 7 minute talks delivered by experts, leaders and stakeholders designed to concisely deliver cutting-edge ideas to their audience.
  • Launchpads, allowing participants to debut their initiative to the world through the GLF on-site and online press community, following in the footsteps of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon, AFR100, 20×20 Initiative, the Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS) and many others.
  • TheLandscape Acadamy, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the latest curated content on the cutting edge of landscape thinking, including modules, courses and learning activities such as the following:
    • Technical training for NGO representatives and investors on tenure, land use and beneficiary rights in restoration
    • Technical workshop on maps, freeware Apps and other innovative, low-cost tools for measuring progress at landscape scale.
  • TheYouth in Landscapes (YIL) initiative and training sessions before the event.
  • Opportunities to contribute to Landscape News and other online knowledge-sharing platforms through articles, blogs, photographs, videos, policy briefs, technical reports, journal articles and practical lessons.
  • Competitions and activities, such as the GLF blog competition, photo competition and others.
  • Scholarship opportunities for community leaders and innovators accelerating action within landscapes.
  • Awards and excellence with key landscape prizes to be awarded to community champions.
  • Structured networking that connects people within the GLF landscape, and where multi-stakeholder, multidimensional debates can flourish creating space for decision makers and project developers to meet investors, technology providers and politicians to accelerate action on the ground.
  • Side events hosted by GLF partner organizations alongside the GLF 2018 event.
  • Any GLF community members who wish to submit their knowledge are welcomed and encouraged do so via our online form.

Experience Youth at GLF Bonn 2018

They are our future leaders, the ‘next generation,’ the optimistic visionaries disrupting systems to change things their own way; they are the youth who will take the stage at GLF Bonn 2018 to share, provoke and inspire ways to change the world – and change it now. This is your ultimate guide for youth-led and youth-centered activities at GLF Bonn 2018.



9:00-9:30: Power Landscape

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

9:30-10:00: Food for Thought Not for the Bin

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

10:30-11:00: Mentor – Mentee Networking

Location: Structured Networking Space (Ground floor)

This session is designed to spark inter-generational dialogue and learning between mentors and mentees participating in the Youth in Landscapes Mentoring Programme.

11:45-12:30: Youth Plenary “Creating Our Shared Future”

On the roster is Lawrence Afere, who’s empowering Nigerian women and changing the country’s food system and Fe Cortez, whose market-savvy company Menos 1 Lixo is inspiring people worldwide to reduce their plastic waste, one utensil at a time.

Celebrate with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative as it signs the first ever Memorandum of Understanding with GLF on-stage at the youth plenary. The signing will mark 5-years of partnership and a commitment to an even brighter, shared future.

12:45-14:00: So you think you’re a landscape leader 

Location: Learning Pavilion

Join us in this exciting launch of the GLF Landscape Academy – an online set of learning resources for landscape leadership, finance, and governance. Get a sneak peek to the Landscape Leadership course by experiencing an instructive workshop.

16:00-17:30: The Future of AFR100, Restoration Opportunities for Young People

Location: New York

This side-event will discuss youth participation in AFR100 and how to enable young people to benefit from implementing FLR in terms of job opportunities and economic perspectives, giving a voice to young people from Africa and linking them to the global restoration agenda.

18:00-19:30: Re-thinking Limitations, Combined efforts to reach the 2030 Agenda 

Location: Addis Abebe

Hear the stories of young people who are disrupting systems to create change and join this interactive discussion forum which challenges you to go outside of the box.


9:00-9:30: Power Landscape (ACTION Pavilion)

The GLF’s focus on youth is one of its defining factors and its partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) has been key. Without empowered young people leading the charge, sustainable development will never be achieved. This is why YIL was launched in 2013 and has since brought together 20,000 young people from across sectors and the globe.


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UN Youth Forum Through the GLF Lens – Heading to New York!

For the average person, the United Nations likely conjures up images of renowned state leaders and high-level forums with experienced (old) attendees. Next week, the UN is calling in a new crowd and partnering with youth leaders to present the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum #YOUTH2030.

This year’s UN Youth Forum is centered on “the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban communities” will be held in New York from January 30-31. The Forum provides a platform for youth to discuss policy frameworks, promote innovative approaches and initiatives, and contribute to reviewing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


As the GLF Youth Coordinator, I will be heading to New York to cover the event and further collaboration among young people creating solutions for sustainable landscapes. The two-day event is filled with landscape relevant sessions and opportunities to exchange views and ideas on how to strengthen resilience and sustainable development.

I will be in and around everywhere – moderating sessions, delivering a keynote address, interviewing individuals, and sharing my insights online! Which really means this is your chance to get an inside look at the forum.

Join the online Facebook chat for updates and Feb 1st at 9 AM EST where I’ll be answering all your questions:

Some interesting sessions to look to:

Day 1 – Jan 30th

  • 10:00 AM: Opening Session
    • Opening remarks by the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, President of the General Assembly, President of ECOSOC, and others.
    • I will be delivering the Keynote Address and speaking to a few truths about young people and what it takes to achieve transformational change.
  • 3:00 PM: Sustainable Development Goal 15 – “Life on Land” Breakout session
    • An opportunity to share critical and reflective analysis and experiences of young people working to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt land degradation and biodiversity loss.
    • This session is co-moderated by myself through the International Forestry Students’ Association and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network.

Day 2 – Jan 31st

  • 3:00 PM Plenary Session – Interactive Roundtable on Financing Youth Development
    • We’re going to hear about how to promote development policies in support of youth initiatives and their contributions to the 2030 Agenda.
  • 4:00 PM – SDG Media Zone Interview
    • I will be interviewing the President of the General Assembly and the President of ECOSOC live! This is a chance to hear how insights from the Forum will be taken forward to action.

Let’s make our voices heard!