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Leading Development Organisations Commit To Partnership On Sustainable Landscapes

The world's leading development organisations met in Bonn, Germany on Friday to seal a pact to map the future course of Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) activities. 

Charter signatories are intent on forging sustainable landscape-level solutions to tackle climate change, landscape degradation and biodiversity loss. Ambitions include meeting the 2015 U.N. Paris Agreement targets to combat climate change and Aichi Biodiversity Targets. 

GLF was launched in 2013 by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Bank and UN Environment on the sidelines of annual U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. So far, GLF has connected 3,900 organisations and 150,000 participants through gatherings in Bonn, Jakarta, Lima, London, Marrakech, Nairobi, Paris, Warsaw and Washington D.C. – and reached over 230 million people from 185 countries. 

"The Global Landscapes Forum has emerged as the leading platform to exchange knowledge and ideas, and to inspire decision-makers and all stakeholders into action," said Tim Christophersen, head of the Water, Land and Climate Branch at UN Environment. The charter will allow GLF to broaden the cooperation with partners and mobilise millions of people around the world to take urgent action on landscape restoration, and conserving and restoring forests, he added. 

The collaboration has grown exponentially over the past five years and now aims to deliver its message to 1 billion people. It includes government agencies, non-governmental organisations, universities, civil society representatives, banks and corporations, indigenous and community groups, private sector enterprises and news media. 

Through its conference, educational and knowledge sharing activities participants devise strategies on the landscape approach. In 2017, Germany's international development and federal environment ministries committed to core funding for five years. 

The landscape approach refers to a concept to integrate policy and practice for multiple land uses within a given area to ensure the equitable and sustainable use of land, while strengthening measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change and improve the livelihoods of the people living in the landscape, according to the charter. 

Further Background 

"Rainforest Alliance is delighted to join as a charter member of the GLF," said Chief Programme Officer Nigel Sizer. "Our contribution to GLF is primarily through work with smallholders and commodity supply chains, especially cocoa, coffee, tea and palm oil. Our experience shows that smallholders are vital partners in forest and landscape restoration. When their efforts are rewarded by markets that recognise the value of more sustainable land use, there is great potential to scale up restoration in a low-cost way." 

Better land-use is the "next big" in climate action and for sustainable development, UN Environment's Christophersen said. "We need to mobilise citizens, political decision makers, and investors to restore and better manage our fields, farms and forests across the world." 

Under the terms of the charter, CIFOR will remain the coordinating partner overseeing implementation of all GLF activities. A "Knowledge Committee" comprised of member-nominated representatives will facilitate a path toward meeting targets, including the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will concentrate particularly on goal 17, which seeks to strengthen and accelerate global partnerships among national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and others, to support the 2030 Agenda. 

The Knowledge Committee will be coordinated by a "Knowledge Hub," which includes a Youth in Landscapes (YIL) initiative. Initially launched in 2013, the youth group has since brought together 20,000 young people from around the world to learn from experts, connect with each other and propel their careers in the sustainability sector.   

In addition to adhering to the landscape approach, charter members are also committed to embedding gender considerations, women's rights and marginalised people into their activities.   

The charter will be signed on the eve of the annual GLF Bonn conference, which will attract a thousand delegates on-site and thousands more online. 

Learn more about GLF Bonn on this link: 2018 Events Global Lndscapes forum

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