International organization seeks environmental champions worldwide

10 Jul 2024

The Global Landscapes Forum will fund youth-led initiatives and offer a bundle of international opportunities for community projects. Applications close 28 July. 

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Bonn, Germany (9 July 2024) – The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, invites ecological restoration leaders to join their international community and collaborate in combating the global environmental crisis, which is already ravaging landscapes and livelihoods. 

 The GLF is searching for young, ambitious ecological restoration practitioners to join its annual Restoration Stewards program, as well as for community-based organizations working towards sustainable landscapes to join its GLFx network. Applications will be accepted until 28 July, 23:59 CEST (UTC+2). 

Restoration Stewards program 

For the fifth consecutive year, the GLF is leading efforts to direct funding and resources to youth-led environmental projects. The Restoration Stewards program is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who work with youth-majority teams to restore their landscapes, whether they be oceans, wetlands, peatlands, mountains, forests, drylands or rangelands. 

Selected applicants will become the 2025 Restoration Stewards and receive EUR 5,000 in funding to advance their projects. They will also receive mentorship from global experts, publicity through international platforms, and opportunities to develop their skill sets. 

“The GLF’s Restoration Stewards program is the right path that we should be taking in terms of creating accessible grants and funding opportunities for young people and communities. I really wish more programs like this existed, and I think it’s an important funding model not just in the environmental space but also for other intersectional concerns.” – Amor Paredes, 2023 Forest Restoration Steward, Philippines.  

Learn more and apply here for the 2025 Restoration Stewards program. 

GLFx chapter network 

Spanning three continents and coordinated by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), the GLFx network is a growing community of locally-led organizations transforming landscapes from the ground up and paving the way for policy change in favor of landscapes and people.  

The GLF invites local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots initiatives, particularly from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, to become GLFx chapters. By joining this opportunity-making network, chapters will strengthen their projects by gaining access to funding opportunities, international networking and spotlighting, valuable partnerships, and peer-to-peer learning and training programs. 

“Being part of GLFx means sharing challenges, prioritizing social solidarity – learning that every landscape and culture is unique, yet they all have something in common: advocating for people-driven solutions through collaboration. These are the eternal values of the GLFx community, and through them, we confront challenges together with love, strength, convictions and integrity.” – Maimuna Jawara, GLFx Banjul chapter coordinator, The Gambia.   

Learn more and apply here to become a GLFx chapter 


During the GLFx Africa Chapter Summit 2023, in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Global Landscapes Forum.


During the Colombia field visit with the LAC Restoration Stewards. Photo: Cecilia Mena / Global Landscapes Forum.



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About the GLF 

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, connecting people with a shared vision to create productive, profitable, equitable & resilient landscapes. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research-World Agroforestry Centre (CIFOR-ICRAF), in collaboration with its co-founders UNEP and the World Bank, and its charter members. Learn more at 

About the Restoration Stewards program 

The Restoration Stewards is a youth program rooted in care, landscape leadership, diversity, intersectionality and intergenerational equity. Launched in 2020 by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), it aims to support the efforts of youth-led teams in holistically restoring their landscapes and seascapes while nurturing biocultural diversity. Learn more at 

About GLFx 

GLFx is a network of independently organized, community-oriented and grassroots initiatives transforming their landscapes from the ground up and advocating for policy change. GLFx is designed to accelerate local action toward global landscape restoration by connecting members with the knowledge, tools and networks necessary to achieve lasting and holistic change. GLFx is supported by the German entities Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMU), the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Lavazza Foundation. Learn more at 


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