The newspaper The Australian has acknowledged the importance of landscapes for the mitigation of climate change and the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum:
The major event this weekend will be the third Global Landscapes Forum being held at the Palais des Congres in Paris.
Journalist Graham Lloyd follows Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt, a speaker at GLF, who is
passionate about the emerging trend towards recognising the appeal of climate change mitigation with co-benefits.
Hunt will use the Forum to launch the Private Sector Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan.
The Australian also brings in another prominent promoter of landscapes: Mark Burrows, Credit Suisse Managing Director and Vice-Chairman of global investment banking, who “has been secured to help lead the charge to bring serious money to the scheme.”
“All private banks are looking for impact investing products,” Burrows says. “It is a terrific opportunity to access large private wealth managers around the world. “Valuing natural capital is the next big thing,” he adds. “Investors are looking for investments that are socially conscious.”
Burrows and Hunt will speak at the GLF closing plenary The way forward.
CIFOR is mentioned as key organizer of the Global Landscapes Forum, and Director General Peter Holmgren is advocating for the landscape approach.
Holmgren says climate-related aspirations have to fit into a broader context of sustainable development and more. “Landscapes produce almost all our food, provide livelihoods for billions and represent cultural heritage for everyone. “They are a cornerstone of the economy, they house our terrestrial biodiversity and they are the source of a third of our greenhouse gas emissions,” he says. “They are places where many of our solutions for a more sustainable future must happen,” he says. But even now, they are struggling to force their way to the centre in global climate negotiations.
Read the full article at The Australian