Background and Achievements
In 2013, the organizers of the six Forest Days and thefive Agriculture and Rural Development Days joined forces to launch the Global Landscapes Forum. Ahead of COP20 in Lima, this partnership was broadened to include even more voices from landscape research and policy. CIFOR, FAO and UNEP came together as Coordinating Partners, supported by a consortium of 11 organizations working at the forefront of landscape approaches.
Highlights of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum include:
More than 1,700 participants at the venue and more than 2,000 watching the live webcast
262 expert speakers and participants, among them 14 Ministers and Vice Ministers, 6 governors and regional leaders and one former President
95 organizations contributed to the Forum
Ministerial roundtable discussion on regional synergies for climate action between 12 Latin American Ministers and Vice Ministers of environment, irrigation and agriculture as well as former Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Outcome statement shared with 1,134 REDD+ negotiators and policy makers
450 students and young professionals joined the 2014 Youth Session, master-classes and webinar, led by 25 mentors from business, civil society, government and research organizations
The year 2015 constitutes a major landmark for climate and development policy as countries are set to establish an agreement guiding climate action beyond 2020 as well as a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replacing the MDGs.
Forum partners will jointly select no more than 4 themes to guide discussions at the event. Climate change, food security and sustainable development will act as crosscutting topics. Sessions will be judged based on their relevance to these issues, diversity of speakers and methods they employ.
In an initial consultation, Forum organizers have identified the following potential themes:
Rights and tenure
Wild card topics to allow for sessions outside the main themes, based on exceptional relevance to science and policy
Format and Agenda
The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum will build on successful features of lessons learned from previous events to design an agenda that allows for maximum stakeholder engagement across all levels.
Discussion Forums, the most popular feature of previous events, will be further enhanced to allow for a more interactive exchange between speakers and the audience.
Plenary Sessions provide unique opportunities to discuss overarching issues by drawing on experts and prominent speakers from diverse backgrounds.
Launchpads are an ideal platform for presenting new research and initiatives. Launchpad applications will be evaluated by media and communications experts based on relevance, innovation and media interest.
Landscapes Laboratory stations showcase how open data, geospatial technologies, and the internet are revolutionizing our ability to monitor and manage the natural world.
Thematic Pavilions create spaces for exchange and networking around topics cutting across all Forum themes – such as gender, technology and innovation, climate change and food security.
Individual Booths provide exhibition space for organizations who prefer to display publications and products outside thematic pavilions.
Structured Networking exercises incentivize conversations between stakeholders that would not have met outside the Forum, structured along common interests and challenges.
VIP Luncheons are the ideal setting for policy makers to share ideas in an informal context.