Press release: Save the date – Be part of the movement to promote sustainability in the land use sector — Encompassing forests, farming, food and land rights — in Bonn December 19-20

6 Dec 2017
For more information, and to RSVP, please contact:
Susan Tonassi (; +49 160 9327 9327)
Leona Liu, Lead Communications Coordinator, Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), +33 619204819

Cultural Instigator Scott Goodson, Yogi Sadhguru and UN Environment Head Erik Solheim To Address World’s Largest Gathering on Urgent Sustainability Issues—from Restoration to Indigenous Rights

Game-changing new research, high-tech tools, unconventional initiatives to be released at gathering of 1,500+ experts, officials and activists seeking cross-cutting solutions to the preservation and protection of land and natural resources worldwide

Despite a year marked by epic forest and peatland fires in Indonesia, violent land rights protests in Brazil, and drastic food shortages in East Africa, the climate talks did little to address the significant role the land sector could play in urgent global efforts to stave off dangerous climate change—as well as roll back poverty, uplift women and protect indigenous people’s rights.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), a science-based international platform to be hosted and funded by the German government with the establishment of a secretariat in Bonn, will fill this void by connecting stakeholders across traditional silos to generate novel ideas and accelerate action to ensure land use and distribution is more resilient, equitable and productive.

The GLF is the first global movement of its kind, bringing together world leaders, climate negotiators, policy makers, development practitioners, private sector representatives, world-class scientists, civil society and the media. Since 2013, over 25,000 stakeholders from more than 3,000 organizations and 110 countries have engaged with the GLF.

WHO: Actor and activist Alec Baldwin and intellectual Jacques Attali will deliver video messages; key note speakers in addition to Goodson, Sadhguru  and Solheim to include Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the President of Mauritius and the new Director-General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Robert Nasi.

The World Bank, World Resources Institute (WRI), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Rare, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), African Union, Rabobank and the U.N. Indigenous Peoples Major Group are already slated to participate.


  • New reports and initiatives to be launched in a series of press events throughout the two-day event. Spiritual and indigenous leaders will unveil new details about a major interfaith initiative focused on saving forests.
  • Opportunities to interview a lineup of leading researchers and experts from organizations working on urgent forests, farming and land rights issues worldwide.
  • Information about how cutting-edge technology is being deployed to solve problems in the land use sector. Researchers will demonstrate new, high-tech tools they’re deploying in the field.
  • Updates on the state of deforestation, progress on agricultural adaptation and the latest land rights struggles.

Announcement of the winners of the first-ever Wangari Maathai Award, to be launched at the GLF in honor of the late Nobel laureate, Kenyan environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement.

December 19-20

World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany

About the Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest science-led multi-sectoral platform for integrated land use, bringing together world leaders, development practitioners, climate change negotiators, scientists, private sector representatives, civil society and the media to accelerate action towards the creation of more resilient, equitable, profitable, productive and climate-friendly landscapes.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), UN Environment, and The World Bank launched the Forum in Warsaw in 2013, alongside the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP). With core funding provided by the German Government, the GLF is now entering its next 5-year phase that will put communities and local realities at the center of the conversation.


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