Join CIFOR gender, landscapes restoration event at climate talks in Bonn

Advancing responsive forest landscape restoration

WHAT: Gender equality, rights and ancestral knowledge in the context of forest landscape restoration, a session hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and partners on the sidelines of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, will generate dialogue on the experiences, opportunities and challenges of addressing gender equality in forest landscape restoration (FLR). It will also identify contextual and empirically grounded approaches to advancing gender-responsive forest landscape restoration. Additionally, the session will explore how the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process can better integrate women’s rights and gender-responsive strategies into climate policies of the Paris Agreement.

WHEN: Nov. 13, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CET

WHERE: Sitzungssaal, German Development Institute’s Interconnections Zone, Tulpenfeld 6, 53113, Bonn, Germany.

WHO: Speaker Anne Larson, (Principal Scientist) at CIFOR. Bimbika Sijapati Basnett (Scientist, Gender Coordinator) and Markus Ihalainen (Research Officer), gender researchers at CIFOR, to host session.

Partners include: Bioversity International, World Agroforestry Centre, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), ConnectinGroup International, Mohammed VI Foundation for Research and Preservation of the Argan Tree


CIFOR gender researchers Markus Ihalainen and Bimbika Sijapati Basnett will lead discussions on how to ensure that global commitments to FLR safeguard the rights and enhance the wellbeing of local women and men.

FLR has received unprecedented global attention in recent years. For example, the Bonn Challenge was launched in 2011 as an expression of international effort to restore 150 million hectares (370 million acres) of deforested and degraded lands by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030.

“Forest landscape restoration departs from traditional ideas of restoration,” Ihalainen said. It goes beyond restoring ecosystems against a historical reference point and adds an emphasis on enhancing human wellbeing.”

“The idea of multifunctional landscapes is thus central to forest landscape restoration: well-planned initiatives can provide climate mitigation benefits, while also enhancing soil health, improving food security and providing enhanced livelihood opportunities for local communities,” he added.

Due to its ability to generate benefits on multiple fronts, FLR resonates well with other global commitments, such as the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the Paris Agreement. However, past experiences demonstrate that reconciling social, economic and environmental goals is not always easy.

“Another key aspect of FLR is the process of bringing stakeholders together to voice their preferences and concerns, as well as to negotiate compromises,” Ihalainen said, adding that not all stakeholders are equally powerful and not all voices are equally heard.

Offering women incentives to participate and contribute can enhance the efficiency and long-term sustainability of FLR. Men and women often use and manage resources in unique ways, observing and experiencing degradation differently. Drawing on gender-differentiated sets of knowledge and ensuring the meaningful participation of women and men helps to more accurately determine the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and to design appropriate interventions to address them.

Past initiatives have shown that if restoration activities are gender blind or exclude women, the work burden for women, who are often responsible for farming, childcare, collecting water and firewood for such household needs as cooking, can actually increase. Additionally, their access to land and resources can be further restricted, and gender inequalities further heightened.

“We need restoration initiatives to support global efforts to improve women’s rights to land, recognizing them as important and legitimate stakeholders, rather than ignoring or reversing their access,” Sijapati Basnett said.

“Past experiences have shown that gender-blind restoration can add to the burden of labor for women without benefiting them. For example, planting trees, but not having rights to them when they grow. But what we’re trying to understand is how women’s rights should be safeguarded under different forest landscape initiatives and how these initiatives can provide opportunities for women to benefit from FLR.”

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Bonn provides a dynamic backdrop for 2017 Global Landscapes Forum

BONN, Germany (Landscapes News) — The picturesque city of Bonn, situated on the Rhine River in Germany, and known as a hub for accelerating sustainable development efforts worldwide, will be the setting for the eighth edition of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).

More than 1,500 participants will gather for the two-day forum at the World Conference Center from Dec. 19 to 20, with an additional 6,000 people expected to participate online, to define and launch the next five-year phase of GLF.

The forum is the first global movement of its kind, and the world’s largest science-led multi-sectoral platform for integrated land use, bringing together world leaders, climate negotiators, policy makers, development practitioners, private sector representatives, world-class scientists, civil society and the media to accelerate action towards the creation of more resilient, equitable, profitable, productive and healthy landscapes.

The GLF is now aspiring to expand its global community to reach 1 billion people by putting communities and local realities at the center of the conversation to contribute to the achievement of the Paris 2030 agenda.

A New Home

CIFOR, U.N. Environment Programme, 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 phase (2017-2022), with the establishment of a secretariat in Bonn.

“We look forward to welcoming the hundreds of visitors that will flock to our city for the Global Landscapes Forum,” said Mayor Ashok Sridharan. “In Bonn, the German capital of international co-operation and sustainability, global environmental awareness is a crucial component of our historical and economic fabric, enriching our role in the wider community by encouraging awareness, friendship and social good.”

The former capital city, with its permanent U.N. campus, has emerged as a key partner for discussions on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 15 targets established by the international community in 2015 to eliminate poverty, socio-economic inequality and to protect the planet from the negative consequences of climate change by 2030.

About 150 non-governmental organizations focused on development co-operation, peacekeeping, renewable energies, and sustainable resources management are located in Bonn.

The 2017 forum will further conversations around the “landscape approach” to achieving the SDGs, which means they will explore how to holistically integrate the management of a range of different land uses and ecosystems under a single set of principals. Rather than segregating land-use types, they will consider how they are interconnected.

Currently, about 1.6 billion people, including 70 million indigenous people, depend on forests for their livelihoods and about 2.6 billion people depend on agriculture.

Agriculture and forestry produce food, energy, vital ecosystem services like water supply, biodiversity and land productivity, but they also produce one third of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants at this year’s forum will seek to improve livelihoods and sustainability by determining how to redesign ecosystem services, delivery of food and non-food products, and efficiently use resources while reducing their impact on climate change, among other relevant topics.

The five themes of the GLF include: Restoration; Finance; Rights; Food and Livelihoods; and Measuring Progress.

Since 2013, over 25,000 stakeholders from more than 3,000 organizations and 110 countries have engaged with the GLF.

To participate in the 2017 Forum, or to learn more, visit the GLF website here.

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Paving the way for gender-responsive FLR: The importance of forest landscape restoration for rural women in Armenia

In Armenia, the forestry sector and forest restoration policy development and decision making in natural resources management processes have been shaped as a result of women’s historical every day practices—which are also often drivers of deforestation and degradation—and yet women’s direct participation in these matters is frequently neglected. Forests in Armenia are state property and the management system is top-down, meaning that decisions are made at the government level and passed down through a hierarchy of power. At local levels, all community members, including women—who can at times make up 70-75% of village population—are kept removed from environmental decision-making and monitoring processes. Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) efforts should take advantage of the women’s unique knowledge through years of managing rural life in forested areas and engage women to ensure protection of Armenia’s limited forested areas for the prosperity of rural communities.

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