Landscapes in Action: Explore the Top 5 Presentations from the Global Landscapes Forum

24 Dec 2013

More than 70 presentations were shared during the Global Landscapes Forum and as multimedia event resources in the days after the conference. Here are the slideshows most popular with the online community – five stories about landscapes approaches turned into action.

1. Importance, Key Questions on Resilience and Managing Disasters in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD)

The Hindu Kush Himalayas support global irrigation (water for 1.3 billion), provide food and energy (3 billion people benefit) and are home to 4 out of 34 biodiversity hotspots. But climate change and unsustainable management increase the risk of disasters and resource scarcity. ICIMOD explore green economy alternatives:

 

2. Sustainable Landscapes – Food Security and adapting to climate change (IFAD)

This presentation takes a close look at a specific landscapes function – providing food security to a growing world population. Smallholder farmers play a critical role in this process as 80% of food is estimated to come from their lands. Climate change affects farmers negatively across multiple dimensions and several measures are needed to strengthen their resilience.

 

3. Knowledge Sharing for Impact (CIFOR)

Traditional communication models are not working anymore. At the same time, 2.3 billion internet users present the unique opportunity to leverage online and social media tools. This presentation showcases the Global Landscapes Forum’s communication strategy – a mix of traditional and new media outreach.

 

4. Brazilian Forests – Back to Landscapes? (The Nature Conservancy)

This presentation explores how new laws and policies in Brazil impact forested landscapes. It takes a detailed look at land use in the Amazon region and assesses how governance tools can lead to positive change.

 

5. Urban Agriculture: Structure, functions, future challenges (Warsaw University of Life Sciences)

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. Growing demand from urban areas and changing consumption patterns affect rural regions and urbanization is considered a driver of deforestation. At the same time, 20% of the world’s food is already produced in cities. Urban agriculture provides an opportunity to feed more people while holding environmental impacts in check.