FTA event coverage: 2016 Global Landscapes Forum will go big

November 21, 2016
Capturing the spirit of the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum. Photo: Pilar Valbuena/CIFOR

Capturing the spirit of the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum. Photo: Pilar Valbuena/CIFOR

Under the motto “Climate Action for Sustainable Development”, this year’s Global Landscapes Forum again positioned itself as the key event of the land use and development community. The GLF is also the biggest event that is co-funded by the the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

Coordinating partners are the Center for International Forestry Research, CIAT, UNEP, the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and Credit Suisse, more than 40 partners contributed in other ways.

The big news this year came from the German government that announced their commitment to the Global Landscapes Forum by hosting the event in the UN city of Bonn. The German Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation have joined forces to support the GLF for the next four years. The platform for global action will meet in Bonn for the first time in 2017.


“GLF is doubtlessly THE global platform leading the debate on sustainable land use & forestry.” Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary


The vision of the GLF is to reach one billion people with the vision of sustainable landscapes and the message that everything is connected. The event unites business, government, civil society and indigenous leaders engaged in sustainable development solutions.

Some 600 people participated in this year’s Forum in Marrakesh, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP22. More than 5000 followed the event online. Participants and viewers came from 95 countries.

The sessions most closely related to the CGIAR FTA were (more videos to follow)

How to walk the talk: Promoting gender equality in national climate policy and action (co-hosted by FTA partner CIFOR)

From commitment to action – developing strategies to operationalize integrated landscape approaches (co-hosted by FTA partners CIFOR, World Agroforestry Centre together with SIWI)

Unexplored big wins for climate change through landscape restoration (co-hosted by FTA partner CIAT together with WLE)

Climate, business and landscapes: Mobilizing large-scale investment for smallholder farmers (co-hosted by FTA partner CIFOR, IFAD and SNV)

Policy learning from REDD+ for zero deforestation and restoration initiatives (co-hosted by FTA partner CIFOR together with UN-REDD)

Where the rubber hits the road for achieving climate goals: Non-state actors and subnational governments in sustainable landscapes (hosted by FTA partner CIFOR)

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The Discussion Forum addressed, based on research under the CGIAR FTA, in interaction with partners, the challenges and opportunities that come up when non-state actors such as the private sector and subnational government actors such as provinces engage in efforts to tackle climate change on the ground.

The presentations were based on

  • comparative research from 54 sites of land-use change in 11 subnational landscapes in Peru, Indonesia, Mexico, Vietnam and Tanzania;
  • in-depth studies of the design of monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems in Peru and Mexico; and
  • research on private sector commitments e.g. through the NAZCA platform.

Anne Larson: What we know about global climate goals and local realities – GLF 2016 Marrakesh

Click to watch Anne Larson's introduction

Click to watch Anne Larson’s introduction


Watch all the available videos from GLF 2016 here

Take a look at the presentations here