COP22: German government supports establishment of Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn


Major sustainable development event on sidelines of UN climate talks will ramp up role as hub for pledges to protect and preserve natural resources—from forests and farms to waterways and settlements


16 November 2016, Marrakesh, Morocco –
Today the German Federal Government announced in front of 600 participants of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Marrakesh that it will support GLF’s events in Bonn, the humanitarian center of Germany.

The GLF is a gathering of business, government, civil society and indigenous leaders engaged in sustainable development solutions.

The German Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation have joined forces to support the GLF for the next four years in Bonn. The platform for global action will meet in Bonn for the first time in 2017.

Other governments and organizations have expressed an interest in supporting the GLF’s operations and regional forum events, outreach and engagement with additional funds.

The GLF will broaden reforestation and restoration commitments, and incubate innovative ideas for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and solving the climate challenge.

The GLF has already served as a platform for government and corporate pledges to restore 148 million hectares of degraded lands in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It aims to raise that figure to 400 million hectares by 2020.

The GLF was launched in Warsaw 2013 by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Bank and UNEP to provide a science-led, multi-sector and independent platform to share knowledge and develop initiatives to build more resilient, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes—a concept that encompasses forests, farms, waterways and settlements.

The popularity and reach of the GLF has grown rapidly. Until now, it has functioned primarily as a side event at UNFCCC conferences. It also held two conferences in London on financing sustainable development.

Dr. Barbara Hendricks, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, said: “Since its founding in 2013, the Global Landscapes Forum took over a leading role in the worldwide protection of threatened landscapes. The organisation connects the fight against climate change and the agenda for sustainable development in a balanced and results oriented manner. This reflects Germany’s approach to development very well; at the same time the city of Bonn is strategically well situated as the city is currently positioning itself as a center for organisations of development cooperation. We look forward to cooperating with the GLF over the next four years.”

Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research, which leads GLF coordination, said: “We would like to thank the German government for enabling the GLF to take this major step forward. GLF is unique because it brings together indigenous leaders and national leaders, farmers and financiers, NGOs and big corporates under one roof to exchange their views frankly and to learn from each other. The popularity of this approach is growing around the world and our new centre in Bonn will be a significant boost. It may be ambitious, but we want the landscapes message to reach a billion people over the next few years.”

Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, said: “The way we manage Earth’s land resources is essential for solving the climate crisis, and for saving biodiversity. Now that the Paris climate agreement has entered into force, our planet needs to have a bold agenda that is nothing less than transformational, and the Global Landscapes Forum is a huge part of that. It is a place where we find and exchange solutions.”

Nearly 8,500 people from 110 countries have attended GLF events, including 45 ministers and heads of state, 73 leading academic institutions, 163 civil society organizations, 92 global banks and corporations and 130 media organizations. The Forum has reached more than 24 million online and more than 345 universities, governments, corporations banks, civil society organizations and indigenous and community groups actively participate.

GLF was created in 2013 by merging two earlier global events — Forest Day and Agriculture Day — and has been coordinated by the Jakarta-based CIFOR, with support from the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and Credit Suisse.


For further information, please contact:

Sebastian Hesse, Big Bang & Whisper, Tel. +49 30 69202499,

Stephan Gabriel Haufe, Pressesprecher, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit, Tel. +49 170 6692183,