GLF News

Innovative Restoration Plans for Aral Sea Region Announced at Global Disruptive Tech Challenge 2021

9 Apr 2021

From flowering tree plantations that will grow a beekeeping industry to women-centered training in natural resource management to the restoration of salt-dried landscapes – these are some of the disruptive innovations winning the grand prize in the Global Disruptive Tech Challenge 2021: Restoring Landscapes in the Aral Sea Region.

Tech Challenge disrupts the status quo with innovative restoration approaches in Aral Sea region

1 Apr 2021

DID YOU KNOW that the Aral Sea in Central Asia, once the world’s fourth-largest inland water body, has almost disappeared due to overuse of its water, as well as the planet’s climate crisis? The destruction of this once-vast water body is endangering the livelihoods and food security of 40 million people who live in the region. Declining groundwater levels and saline soil in this area demand use of water-saving technologies, crop diversification, and high-efficiency irrigation to ensure adequate food security. Innovations in landscape restoration, particularly in agriculture, are essential. Such positive change is possible with the help of creative technologies and innovative approaches to alleviate the impacts on ecosystems and answer the needs of both economic and sustainable development.

Video challenge spotlights African youth restoring drylands

30 Mar 2021

If a picture says a thousand words, then the value of a story captured in a selfie video might well be immeasurable – especially the kind of story that’s seldom told or heard.

Meet 16 women leading Earth’s restoration as the world enters last decade for climate action

8 Mar 2021

As the world enters the last decade to prevent irreversible damage from climate change, women are challenging gender norms to secure the future of ecosystems – sometimes at great personal risk. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) highlights 16 female leaders working to protect and restore the global natural capital through science, finance, policymaking, journalism and land rights, among others. 

Pakistan to host World Environment Day 2021

24 Feb 2021

Pakistan announced today that it will host World Environment Day 2021 in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). This year’s observance of World Environment Day will be on the theme of ‘ecosystem restoration’ and focus on resetting our relation with nature. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030.

Introducing the 2021 GLF Social Media Ambassadors

18 Feb 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its march, and countries cycle in and out of lockdowns across the globe, communication channels like social media are more important than ever to connect, inspire and educate each other about how we might do things differently in the face of critical health and environmental crises. However, these channels can also be mines of misinformation and distraction. How can we best use them to spread consistent and uplifting content about the possibilities for positive change at household, community, landscape and regional levels? 

Conoce a los embajadores del GLF en redes sociales para el 2021

15 Feb 2021

A medida que la pandemia de COVID-19 sigue su curso, y muchos países alrededor dle mundo entran y salen del confinamiento, los medios de comunicación como las redes sociales se han vuelto más importantes que nunca para conectarnos, inspirarnos y educarnos sobre cómo podríamos cambiar las cosas ante las crisis sanitarias y ambientales. Sin embargo, estos canales también pueden convertirse en fuentes de desinformación y distracción. ¿Cómo podemos utilizarlos de la mejor forma para difundir contenido coherente e inspirador sobre las posibilidades para generar cambios positivos en el ámbito doméstico, comunitario, a nivel de paisaje y regional?

Youth movement leads the charge worldwide for food systems transformation ahead of UN summit

3 Feb 2021

A wave of self-organised youth-led groups across the world has joined the growing momentum behind the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

How much is an elephant worth? Meet the ecologists doing the sums

29 Jan 2021

The services of forest elephants are worth $1.75m for each animal, the International Monetary Fund’s Ralph Chamihas estimated; more than the $40,000 a poacher might get for shooting the mammal for ivory. Whales are worth slightly more at over $2m, he also estimates, due to their “startling” carbon capture potential, and therefore deserve better protection.

Youth4Nature joins Youth In Landscapes Initiative

26 Jan 2021

Youth-led international environmental organization Youth4Nature (Y4N) has just become the latest member of the Youth In Landscapes Initiative (YIL) steering committee, thus expanding both organizations’ networks while offering valuable opportunities for collaboration, mutual learning and growth.