Media advisory: World’s largest multi-sector gathering on sustainable land use

19 Dec 2017
**Media registration is free, but please RSVP (**
**All sessions will be livestreamed: ****PRESS BRIEFINGS/MOMENTS:

  • 19 December at 12:30 p.m. CET with German government officials (BMZ and BMUB) and representatives of CIFOR, World Bank and UN Environment 
  • 19 December at 5:45 p.m. CET with Renowned Yogi Sadhguru and UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim (See Advisory)
  • 19 December at 7:30 p.m. CET Sadhguru takes your questions in a session of “Ask Me Anything” via Twitter #AskSadhguru #AMA
  • 20 December at 14:30 CET Announcement of the winner of the 2017 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award**

**Online pressroom with embargoed materials:
Password: glf2017**

To attend, or request interviews and press materials, please contact:
Susan Tonassi,,+49 160 9327 9327,
Leona Liu,, +33 619204819

Game-changing new research, high-tech tools, unconventional initiatives to be presented at a gathering of 1,000 heads of state and environment ministers, experts, scientists, NGOs and change makers

President of Mauritius Ammenah Gurib Fakim, Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks, yogi and spiritual leader Sadhguru, and UN Environment Director General Erik Solheim are headlining an unprecedented gathering in Bonn, Germany, of more than 45 organizations including the World Resources Institute (WRI), The World Bank, FAO, IUCN, and others dedicated to the urgent global imperative to preserve and restore natural resources.

They’re coming together at the end of a year marked by mounting threats on land—under pressure from the growing global demand for commodities, the need to feed a burgeoning population, and an escalation in natural disasters.

Seeking to solve these and other land-based crises, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will spotlight cutting-edge research and innovative projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific—leveraging everything from drones to traditional indigenous knowledge.

Hosted and funded by the German government, the GLF is the only event of its kind devoted to treating landscapes in a holistic manner. By connecting “unusual bedfellows,” the event seeks to break traditional silos to accelerate action to ensure land use is more equitable and productive.

The GLF is the largest science-based platform on sustainable land use bringing together world leaders, climate negotiators, policy makers, development practitioners, private sector representatives, scientists, civil society and the media. Since its inception in 2013, over 25,000 stakeholders from 3,000 organizations and 110 countries have engaged with the GLF. More than just an event, it is a movement aiming to impact one billion people in the next five years.

Host: German government

Lead OrganizerCenter for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Coordinating Partners: UN Environment and The World Bank; Event Partners: 45+ organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), KfW, Rare, TerrAfrica, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), World Wildlife Federation (WWF) and Rabobank.

Where: World Conference Center Bonn, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn

When: December 19-20, 2017


  • Ammenah Gurib Fakim, President, Republic of Mauritius
  • Felipe Calderón, Former President, Mexico
  • Lina Dolores Pohl Afaro, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
  • Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Germany
  • Stefan Schmitz, Deputy Director General, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
  • Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment
  • Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation, India
  • Jacques Attali (by video), French economic and social theorist, France
  • Charles Batte, Founder, Tree Adoption Uganda
  • Scott Goodson, CEO and Founder, StrawberryFrog, USA
  • Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Alue Dohong, Deputy for Construction, Operation, and Maintenance, Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association, Chad
  • Karin Kemper, Senior Director for the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)


  • New reports to be released by World Resources Institute, International Union for Conservation of Nature, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the World Bank, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and others.
  • 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.
  • Updates on the state of deforestation, progress on agricultural adaptation and the latest land rights struggles.
  • Announcement of the winner of the Wangari Maathai Award in honor of the late Nobel laureate, Kenyan environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement.
  • The unexpected role that branding campaigns and unconventional communications—as well as media—play in helping the Global Landscapes Forum reach its goals.

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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