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With confirmed speakers including French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Environment Judy Wakhungu and Oxfam Director Winnie Byanyima, this year’s event promises to put landscapes high on the climate and development agenda. More speakers are confirming all the time – reserve your spot!

  • TELL YOUR STORY: Scientists, innovators, young talents: Apply now to join the Forum’s open speaker night.
  • 2 WEEKS LEFT: Applications to host a Discussion Forum close 7 September.
  • TECH FREAKS & INVENTORS: Showcase your tools at the Landscapes Laboratory

The capital is ready. The project ideas are there. It’s time to scale up. The challenge: connecting the potential US$200–300 billion in available funds from private investment to foresters and farmers. The approach: closing the knowledge gap.
CIFOR, CPI, UNEP and the World Bank will host an event at the World Forestry Congress in Durban on 9 September  to elaborate on a roadmap toward sustainable landscapes investments.

How much rainforest is in your chocolate bar? Cacao production is driving forest loss in South America — but sustainable production is possible. Satellites help find the sweet spots. Read more.

  • SUBMIT A STORY: Global Forest Watch is collecting user stories and forest change.

Deforestation-free investments

UNEP helps financiers clear profits, not forests

Converting land for agriculture still accounts for 55-80% of global forest loss. To manage risks, more investors are trying to decouple palm oil, soy, beef and other commodities from deforestation. UNEP now provides a model for banks and investors to develop commodity risk policies.

Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil – but new government policies to combat the problem are often undermined by lack of coordination and communication.
To secure healthy forests and productive agriculture, a more cohesive landscapes approach may be the way to go. Read more.

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African Livestock: Food security, poverty reduction and the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa

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