2015 Global Landscapes Forum in the media

7 Dec 2015

This year’s Global Landscapes Forum (5-6 December), on the sidelines of the climate change negotiations in Paris, was covered widely in the media.

Besides the New York Times and The Guardian (see our story here), who covered the launch of the African landscape restoration initiative, mainstream media and specialised outlets featured aspects of the event.

At Climate Talks, African Nations Pledge to Restore Forests – New York Times (Associated Press)

African forestry scheme aims to build prosperity by restoring landscape – The Guardian

The AP story was also picked up by News10 ABC (US), the Jakarta Post, Tempo, the Turkish Hürryet Daily News, Today’s Zaman, Al Arabiya and many more

Nolan Hunter, Greg Hunt push land use at Paris climate talks – The Australian

The major event this weekend will be the third Global Landscapes Forum being held at the Palais des Congres in Paris. The Australian government will today launch its own initiative to build a global compact to protect and restore global rainforests.

Pan-African pledge to restore forests by planting 100 million hectares of trees wins $1.5bn backing – The Independent

At the global landscapes forum at the UN climate talks, the World Bank and the German government and other partners set aside more than $1bn (£661m) in development funding and $540m in private funding for the African reforestation.

Paris forum raises forest fires in Indonesia – Antara News (Indonesia)

The Global Forum Landscape held at the Palais de Congres, Paris, France, on Saturday raised the issue of the fires which burnt two million hectares of forests and created haze in Indonesia. The forum which was organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) was attended by thousands of bureaucrats, researchers, environment activists, students and media representatives.

Indonesia Launches Emission Account System at COP21 – Tempo (Indonesia)

On the sidelines of the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) held in Paris, France, the Environment and Forestry Ministry launched the Indonesian National Accounting Carbon System (INCAS) aimed at watching carbon emissions resulted from land utilizations and conversions. The launch of the carbon accounting system was led by Presidential Special Emissary for Climate Change Rachmat Witoelar with Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt and CIFOR General Director Peter Holmgren.

Indonesia introduces carbon emissions monitoring system – Jakarta Post

The Indonesian government has introduced a monitoring system named the Indonesian National Accounting Carbon System (INCAS) in a bid to reduce national carbon emissions. The government presented the INCAS recently during the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) on the sidelines of the COP 21 UNFCCC in Paris.

Messy midway: Paris draft climate deal is ready but still has a long way to go – Japan Times

During the Global Landscapes Forum at the U.N. climate talks, the World Bank and the German government and other partners also set aside more than $1 billion in development funding and $540 million in private funding for the African reforestation.

Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria, Others Require $250bn Annually to Fund Landscape Conservation – This Day Live (Nigeria)

A working paper released by the New Climate Economy project at the weekend has showed that Nigeria and other developing country need $250 billion annually for funding landscape conservation. Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who cited the report, solicited for support from developed economies to address the challenge of climate change in developing countries. Okonjo-Iweala, said this in a speech she presented at a high-level opening plenary of the Global Landscapes Forum held Paris at the weekend.

Malawi: Riding the Graph of Greatness – Tamanda Chabvuta in Paris – AllAfrica

Tamanda got her dream trip to attend the world youth leaders for the Global Landscape Video award currently underway in Paris, France from and she is ‘wholeheartedly’ thanking Malawians for voting for her and Malawi to become number one in the polls ahead of all other global youth innovators from across the globe. “I believe we need extensive educative platforms to solve challenges we are facing in the restoration of our natural resources. I thank everyone for voting for my video entry into the Youth Global Landscapes Forum,” she says.

Paris climate talks: Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up as negotiations enter high-stakes phase – Los Angeles Times

2015 Global Landscapes Forum High-Level Plenary: Science Policy Exchange: Brown will deliver keynote remarks at the conclusion of a plenary session featuring international scientists and government leaders focused on bridging the divide between climate research and policy making — a longstanding priority in California. Organizers of the Global Landscapes Forum, which is expected to be one of the COP21’s largest “side events,” include the French government; Center for International Forestry Research; UNEP; the World Bank; and others.

Ten African nations join land restoration initiative – StarAfrica (APA)

The announcement was made during the Global Landscapes Forum at the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, where forest landscape restoration is a key ingredient of the global movement to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Commitments made through AFR100 build on significant climate pledges made by many African countries to support a binding global climate agreement.

Hot-Button Issues In The Climate Talks – Clean Technica

As well as being Research Fellow at Griffith, Dr. Cadman is also a research fellow in the international Earth Systems Governance Project. He specializes in the governance of sustainable development, natural resource management, climate change and forestry, and responsible investment. Dr. Cadman is presenting an exciting new tool at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum–the leading platform for bringing together individuals and organizations that have an impact on land use–on December 5-6. The event is expected to be the largest meeting on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21.

Gov. Jerry Brown warns COP21 crowd in Paris of “Eve of Destruction” – Justin Catanoso

California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose distinctive voice I recognized as I entered late the packed hall in which he was speaking, was trying to remember a song from the 1960s. “I think it’s called ‘Eve of Destruction.’ Can’t remember who sang it, but I still like it. You should listen to it. It’s perfect for today.” (The song was written in 1964 by P.F. Sloan and performed by Barry McGuire, whoever the hell they were…) Brown was a speaker today, Dec. 6, 2015, at the Global Landscape Forum, a side event of panel discussions and speeches about the importance of land use policy and forest preservation. Brown’s panel was called: “Science-policy exchange — Big ideas to connect landscapes, climate and development.”

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