Global Landscapes Forum Reports on Successes and Outcomes
9 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report of the first Global Landscapes Forum. The report focuses on four themes: investing in sustainable landscapes, landscape policy and governance, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and landscapes for food security and nutrition.
The report describes a number of events held during the Forum, including the cross-cutting session on ‘Youth: the future of sustainable landscapes', the ‘Gender Café', and an exhibition space for 31 organizations.
Together with regular sessions, these events contributed to the development of 13 key messages outlined in the report. The messages focus on, inter alia: the importance of applying the landscape approach to REDD+; the need for stakeholder engagement, including with youth; indigenous peoples and local communities; encouragement for the monitoring and evaluation of sectoral interaction; and good governance for long-term investment.
The report also summarizes the Forum's virtual impact from a dedicated forum website, a blog, an online newspaper, live-streaming of sessions, photos and videos, and social media.
The Forum was convened from 16-17 November 2013, on the margins of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw, Poland. According to the report, more than 1,000 participants attended the Forum, which reached an additional 3.6 million people through Twitter. Organizing sessions involved some 63 partners.