Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn, Germany.
Photo: © Pilar Valbuena/GLF


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For the second consecutive year, the Global Landscapes Forum has held its annual summit in Bonn, Germany. The event, held in early December, centred on accelerating action towards achieving major internationally agreed goals.

Landscape approaches are increasingly seen as a viable concept to reconcile socioeconomic with global environmental challenges. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has defined ten principles characterising landscape approaches that refer to aspects such as adaptive management, clarifying rights and responsibilities, increasing the resilience of landscapes through recognising and reducing threats they are vulnerable to and a people-centred orientation in integrating agricultural and environmental priorities. CIFOR belongs to the CGIAR global partnership of research organisations focusing on reducing rural poverty and ensuring a sustainable management of natural resources. CIFOR is also the lead organiser of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), an international movement that centres on landscapes and the communities in them. 

Under the motto “Connecting for impact – From commitment to action”, around a thousand participants from a wide range of areas, backgrounds and countries came to Bonn, Germany, in early December 2018 to discuss progress towards international agreements on climate change and other issues, while millions followed the event online world-wide. 

Addressing the meeting, Stefan Schmitz, Deputy Director-General and Commissioner of the “One World – No Hunger” Initiative run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), highlighted the threat of land degradation and deforestation.

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