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Harvesting knowledge for healthy forests, nutritious foods

Across the world, forests make way for new farmlands as policy makers prepare to feed 9 billion people by 2050. At the same time, restoring the productivity of degraded forest landscapes holds the potential to improve food security. The IUCN is currently gathering scientific evidence on the links between forest landscapes and food security. To participate, submit an extended abstract of up to two pages by 10 March.  

  • GLF 2014 recap: Watch this session video and presentation to catch up with the newest findings on the dynamics between forests and food.


In Africa, a restoration success story unfolds

Many still think of Ethiopia as a country of famine. But that has changed. Over the last decade, the government has rolled out an ambitious land management program – the principles of which are enshrined in the nation’s new constitution. Watch a video produced by the World Bank to see how the program affected Ethiopia’s landscapes.

  • The move towards more integrated land management approaches in Africa has entered the regional stage. Read how a coalition of donors, African Union and governments is working towards resilient drylands in the Sahel and West Africa.
  • While smallholders are major stakeholders in more than 80% of landscape initiatives on the continent, engagement of big business remains shallow in Africa with agribusiness and extractive industries involved in less than 10% of initiatives. Read the World Agroforestry Center’s analysis to learn how this could be improved.

80% of deforestation is driven by agriculture. The sector also receives the most attention in REDD+ projects worldwide, according to CIFOR scientist Martin Herold. Linking efforts to decrease agriculture’s carbon footprint with programs fighting deforestation thus seems like a natural fit. Yet, systematic approaches to identifying synergies between the initiatives are in their early stages. Researchers caution that carbon-efficient agricultural technologies do not automatically lead to better outcomes for forest-dependent communities. Read more about the benefits and risks of integrating climate-smart agriculture and REDD+ in this blog post.


2014 Global Landscapes Forum highlights in numbers

  • Participant Survey: 96% of participants plan to share, research or apply the new knowledge they gained
  • Social Media: 6.7 million people potentially reached on Twitter
  • Videos: Viewed 9,449 times on YouTube (compared to 6,599 in 2013)
  • High-level participants: 14 Ministers and Vice Ministers, 6 governors and regional leaders actively involved in event
  • Carbon-neutral event: 247 tons of CO2 offset through investment into a Colombian watershed
Read the final event report for more highlights, lessons learned and participant impressions.


Pitchers, dragons and the landscape at the Forum’s Youth Session

On the heels of the successful 2014 program, youth session organizers have identified 5 key steps to strengthen youth participation in 2015. See the full report for highlights and lessons learned.



2014 Global Landscapes Forum Final Report

What are ‘ Integrated Landscape Approaches ’ and how effectively have they been implemented in the tropics: a systematic map protocol

White Paper: Positioning the land use sector to contribute to post-2020 climate mitigation

Synergies across a REDD+ landscape: Non-carbon benefits, joint mitigation and adaptation, and an analysis of submissions to the SBSTA

Governing frontier landscapes: Insights from the Global Landscapes Forum 2014

Palms of controversies: Oil palm and development challenges

Policy Brief on ‘The Role of the Private Sector in REDD+: the Case for Engagement and Options for Intervention.’

Agriculture and deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A synthesis of the current state of knowledge

2014 Global Landscapes Forum Outcome Statement

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