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Indonesia: Ecological colossus, home to the world’s largest peatland mosaic – but also a country of soaring deforestation rates and, through forest fires, a huge emitter of greenhouse gases. Who owns land, and for what purpose, is key. President Joko Widodo has promised to redistribute 12.7 million hectares of state and commercial forests to communities. But as always, the devil is in the detail – or in this case, in the implementation.

Research and storytelling

Putting the “I” back in Science

Behind every research publication is a personal journey. CIFOR scientist Houria Djoudi shows how changes in landscapes affect cultural and social norms, and gender and power relations. A complex story that starts with her simple observation: Once, there was a lake…

In 2050 we’ll have over 9 billion people to feed and climate change will affect all of us. The question isn’t so much “Will we fly hoverboards to work?” but more “Can we feed ourselves without destroying our planet?” Scientists have designed a comprehensive model that predicts food scenarios across the world – a global view to help shape local decisions.

  • Watch the video: “There is no planet B. So we need a plan B for the way we eat” – Prof. Azim Ali, CEO of Crops for the Future makes the case for new food systems that are based on old diets 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at GLF by following 10 youth innovators and their mentor as they design a solution for landscape challenges in the Nile Basin. The young professionals and researchers pitched their idea to a panel of experienced judges in a Dragon’s Den style event.

  • Back in “my” landscape, the action begins: Youth innovator Pieter van de Sype on what he learned in Paris for his landscape work in Chanchamayo Province, Peru’s “central jungle”
  • Going viral: Salina Abraham’s powerful statement for youth involvement in climate policy received more than 10,000 views on YouTube – have you seen it yet? 

Returning in 2016: Save the date!

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case
6 June 2016
Royal Society London




Outcome Statement of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum

Background Brief: Measuring progress toward climate and development goals

Background Brief: Finance and trade

Background Brief: Tenure and rights

Background Brief: Landscape restoration

Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration

Risky business in palm oil: Uptake and implementation of sustainability standards and certification schemes

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