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It’s starting to happen. As populations grow and demand for land intensifies, policymakers, practitioners and scientists increasingly recognize that they must adopt integrated approaches if they are to achieve agricultural sustainability, climate change solutions and low-emissions development. People are working together across sectors, and success stories from landscapes around the world are emerging. The Global Landscapes Forum 2014 will propel this movement forward by bringing together 1500 participants from across disciplines, to exchange the facts, to identify the problems, share the stories and explore future solutions. Enter a dragon’s den, play with data tools in the Landscapes Laboratory, meet like-minded problem-solvers in thematic pavilions and realize that this year’s Forum will be as dynamic as a landscape.
 

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  • Sessions will be announced early October, click here for more
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  Maybe I would have liked to have been a forester. But who will listen to a forester?
  Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

Do you agree? #thinklandscape with @PavanSukhdev


Words often fail to capture the concept of the landscape, as the linearity of text gets in the way of describing complex interdependencies between elements and actors. To avoid getting stuck on words, the Global Landscapes Forum is launching an infographics and design competition to gather creative ideas for visualizing landscape approaches. The competition is open to all, with cash prizes.


Young people have great ideas but can find it hard to be heard – yet grabbing someone’s attention fast is a skill anyone can learn, as Abby Waldorf from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems explains in 5 tips for delivering a good pitch.
 
AGED 18–30? Learn more about pitching your ideas or facilitating discussions at the forestry, agriculture and climate change nexus by applying for the Global Landscapes Forum Youth Session and Master Classes.

MENTOR IN THE MAKING? If you are an experienced researcher, policymaker or practitioner and would like to work with young land-use professionals, you can join the Youth Session as a mentor. Contact Michelle Kovacevic for more information: m.kovacevic@cgiar.org


This is the unambiguous answer from UNEP’s Tim Christophersen. UNEP, a coordinating partner of the Global Landscapes Forum, and IUCN have set out to reforest 150 million hectares of land, an area roughly the size of half of India. As Christophersen explains, their approach to forest landscape restoration is gaining momentum, with success stories emerging.


From the vast forest areas in Russia’s far east to Tanzania’s rich biodiversity; from coastal areas in the Mediterranean to Vietnam’s timber industry – people around the globe are feeling the effects of a hotter climate and less predictable rainfall patterns. In search of integrated solutions, FAO, a coordinating partner of the Global Landscapes Forum, produced nine short films depicting real-world examples of resilient forest landscapes.


 
#thinklandscape
 

Speakers


H.E. Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
Minister of Environment of Peru

H.E. Minister Juan Manuel Benites Ramos
Minister of Agriculture of Peru

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Paul Polman
CEO of Unilever and Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Paula Caballero
Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank

Raj Patel
Best-selling writer, activist and academic

Daniel Nepstad
Executive Director of the International Program of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute

Mark Burrows
Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking Credit Suisse

Pavan Sukhdev
CEO of Green Initiatives for a Smart Tomorrow (GIST) and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

Andrew Steer
President and CEO of the World Resources Institute

 
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