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Governments, business and investors must act faster and think bigger in fighting climate change and promoting sustainable development, experts at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum said – and they identified finance, human rights and sustainable landscapes as the necessary artillery. More than 1,700 people from 90 countries – among them 14 Ministers and Vice Ministers and a former President – took part in the two-day event. “Whether we talk about rights, finance or research for landscapes, we must not be afraid to think big – very big,” said CIFOR’s Director General Peter Holmgren.

Our special wrap-up video brings you a selection of voices and views from the Forum. Watch it here, and delve into other materials from the event, now available online at

  • CONFERENCE VIDEO ARCHIVE: Watch videos from sessions, keynote speeches and special interviews at the Global Landscapes Forum here.
  • PRESENTATIONS ARCHIVE: Revisit or explore presentations through slideshows gathered here.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Thanks to collaborative efforts, Tweets about the event reached 6.7 million different Twitter accounts, with discussions on how to #ThinkLandscape reaching 5.4 million. Take a look at a sample of Twitter highlights here.


2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris is confirmed

The Steering Committee of the Global Landscapes Forum is pleased to announce that the third annual Forum will take place on Sunday 6 December 2015 at the Palais des Congrès de Paris. With land use a key sector for achieving the world’s climate and sustainability goals, the Committee is already working to make sure voices from around the globe are brought together in an event that will be like no other.

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“Sustainable forests and sustainable land management have so far been dealt with in a fragmented way, rarely coming together for a complete picture,” Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, argues in this article. Kyte, who gave a keynote address at the Global Landscapes Forum, writes that “The approach is inefficient when the pace of climate change demands fast, concerted action.”

  • Paula Caballero, World Bank’s Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, recommends landscapes as an “organizing principle” of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • In an interview, indigenous leader Cándido Mezúa Salazar calls for “an environmental culture that understands why we should protect the resources around us”.

Partners in the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum were quick to share the news and findings from their Discussion Forums, Dialogues and Panels. Here’s a selection of reports of who said what:


News and views find their way around the world

From Ireland to Australia to Costa Rica, the international press found plenty to say about the Global Landscapes Forum, carrying the news to their readers. Here’s a selection of stories in the media:

Young people in forestry should be involved in important discussions now, was the message from the youth session at the Global Landscapes Forum. “I’m tired of hearing the young generation are the future,” said Florent Kaiser, former president of the International Forestry Students Association, in his opening address. “Why? Because it implies that group is marginal. What we require is to be seriously and honestly involved at the center of the processes.” Read more about the youth session here.

The people have cast their votes and left their comments – and have chosen as their favorite photo an image of the Andean landscape of Valle del Rio Mantaro, in Peru, taken by photographer Herbert Renato Salas Portugal.

  • SLIDE SHOW: See top images from the photo competition in the 5-minute photoloop played on the big screen at the Global Landscapes Forum: “These are our multifunctional landscapes.”



Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
Minister of Environment, Peru

Minister Juan Manuel Benites Ramos
Minister of Agriculture, Peru

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Andrew Steer
President and CEO, World Resources Institute

Fabiola Muñoz-Dodero
Executive Director, National Forest and Wildlife Service, Peru

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

Felipe Calderón
Former President of Mexico, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Daniel Nepstad
Executive Director, Earth Innovation Institute

Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro
President, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Peter Holmgren
Director General, CIFOR

Cándido Mezúa Salazar
Chairman, National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of Panama

Ibrahim Thiaw
Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Rachel Kyte
Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank

Eduardo Rojas Briales
Assistant Director-General for Forestry, FAO

Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin
National High Court of Brazil

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