Global Landscapes Forum

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As global climate and development frameworks fall into place, experts at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum amplified the call to transform these frameworks into action – and they predict that most of that action is going to be driven by local forces. The call to action resonated throughout the event, attended by more than 3,200 people from 135 countries. “It’s been a fantastic year in terms of policies and frameworks and agreements,” Paula Caballero of the World Bank said. “And 2016 and beyond have got to be about implementation.” Read more

  • OUTCOME STATEMENT: Six key messages, with practical examples, to guide implementation for impact on the ground.
  • HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO: Relive the most dynamic Global Landscapes Forum ever – 1.5 days in 3.5 minutes.
  • VIDEO COLLECTION: Watch videos of sessions, speeches and interviews here.
  • PRESENTATIONS ARCHIVE: Explore the sets of slides prepared by expert panelists.
  • PHOTOS: Images from the podium to the pavilions and everywhere in between.

Frank Hajek of Nature Services Peru came to the Global Landscapes Forum to present the prototype of a tool and left with three important takeaways. Other participants were equally swift to share their stories from the event, including:

  • Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, applauds the growing recognition that protecting and restoring ecosystems should be a top priority.
  • CIFOR notes that landscapes offer a lot to climate policy and sustainable development, but the finance is not matching the potential.
  • “Innovation is what businesses do best,” Livelihoods reminds us, sharing case studies from the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming across three continents.

A dozen new initiatives took off from The Launchpad, with announcements exclusive to the Global Landscapes Forum soon finding their way into media outlets around the world. Here’s a selection:

Youth speaker Salina Abraham had the crowd on their feet at the GLF closing ceremony – all those under 30 anyway, when she invited them to stand up and be seen. “We’re bringing our ideas, our energy, our enthusiasm and our hope,” she said of her fellow under-30s. “All we’re asking is for you to talk to us.” Abraham was part of the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, which saw 50 young innovators pitching ideas to a den of dragons. Read more.

The GLF’s Social Reporting Boot Camp was the first of its kind and it resulted in the most extensive event coverage yet – including Tweets to more than 9 million Twitter accounts. Twenty-four Social Reporters from civil society organizations and universities received training from professional journalists, communicators and scientists on the four Forum themes, targeted social media outreach, and effective blog writing. Follow them on Twitter and read their blogs here

An image of mist-wreathed old-growth trees from Washington state in the USA has claimed the people's choice award in the Global Landscapes Forum photo competition. The next most popular were shots of a village in India and mountains in Pakistan. See all the top entries here


The short videos screened at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, all finalists in the Video Award, are now available for viewing and sharing. The videos were submitted by GLF partners, with those rated most highly by a panel of judges earning a place on the big screen before the 900-strong audiences in the plenaries. 

Returning in 2016: Save the date!

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case
1-2 June 2016
Royal Society London




Peter Holmgren
Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Paula Caballero
Senior Director for Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Economist and former Minister of Finance, Nigeria

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

Abdon Nababan
Secretary General for the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)

Jerry Brown 
Governor of California, USA

Robin Chazdon
Executive Director, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

Emmanuel Faber
CEO, Danone

Greg Hunt
Minister for the Environment, Australia

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Background briefs

Measuring progress toward climate and development goals

Finance and trade

Tenure and rights

Landscape restoration