An integrated landscape approach is the most promising tool for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement.
The good news is that these solutions already exist — from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, to affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands.
The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) was the leading platform for sustainable land use, alongside UNFCCC COP22, with more than 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions that presented the latest science, launch new initiatives and pitch innovative ideas for climate action around sustainable land use.
The GLF provides a dedicated space for leading climate and development experts to:
- Identify solutions that help realize both development and climate goals on the ground;
- Measure progress towards ‘climate in development’ goals in landscapes, based on the latest science; and
- Build a platform that inspires local action for global goals.
Accompanied by online events and a global social media campaign, the Forum reached 500 selected participants onsite in Marrakesh and hundreds of thousands around the world.
“If we really want to be serious about addressing climate change, we have to be doing it through land and forestry.”
Andrea Ledward, UK Board Member, Green Climate Fund
2016 Timing and location
The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action took place on 16 November 2016 at the Kenzi Club Agdal Medina, Marrakesh.
All event sessions tied global policy processes to real action at the landscape level. Discussion forums and plenary speakers explored the impact climate policies have on smallholders and local communities – and how successful landscape approaches can inform the fight against climate change and alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable.
The core themes of the Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action for Sustainable Development include:
- Landscape restoration for climate action;
- The food security-landscape-climate nexus;
- Measuring and tracking progress towards climate goals in the landscape;
- Financing climate action in the landscape; and
- Landscape tenure and community rights in the global climate agenda.
Additional topics were accepted as wild card topics – those suggestions that are felt to be outside the core themes, but received the highest marks in the competitive selection process led by the Forum’s science committee.