The inaugural Global Landscapes Forum will be held on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw.
The forum is the pre-eminent global platform for sharing landscapes development strategies that are climate smart, equitable, productive and profitable, recognizing the central role and identity of farmers and forest-dependent people.
The Global Landscapes Forum combines into one event two of the world’s most influential annual conferences on the role of forests and agriculture in mitigating and adapting to climate change: Forest Day, and Agricultural and Rural Development Day.
This will be a global platform to inform and engage world leaders, policymakers, scientists, donors, media, civil society, the private sector, indigenous and community groups, and climate negotiators on the role sustainable landscapes can play in providing food, shelter, income and ecosystem services and environmental goods. The objective is to develop the potential of the landscape approach to inform future UNFCCC agreements and the achievement of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, the forum is proposed to be organized along four main themes.
1. Investing in sustainable landscapes in forests and on farms
Includes discussion of poverty alleviation and building the means of implementation (private and public financing, capacity building, empowerment)
2. Landscapes policy and governance for forestry, agriculture and other land uses
Includes inclusive landscape governance – tenure, youth, women and gender, rights of communities and farmers, programs and best practices
3. Synergies between adapting to and mitigating climate change in forest and agricultural landscapes
Includes measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of landscapes
4. Landscapes for food security and nutrition
Includes sustainable food production and consumption, nutritional aspects, wood-fuels and energy efficiency, and supporting climate resilient communities