Global Landscapes Forum unveils exclusive initiatives and cutting-edge tools

Marrakesh – The Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action for Sustainable Development is launching exclusive ideas and initiatives designed to preserve forests, improve livelihoods and mitigate climate change.

All six Launchpads are aimed at delivering the promises to the world reached in the Paris Agreement.

These practical initiatives and sustainable solutions to climate change follow the collaborative, broad-minded landscape approach that the Forum promotes.

The project launches are:

  • Protect to Produce:the first information exchange connecting buyers and sellers of sustainably produced commodities, from the Earth Innovation Institute
  • For Peat’s Sake:the UN Environment Programme leads the Global Peatlands Initiative to save the world’s peatlands and their carbon stocks that are up to 100 times greater than tropical forests
  • Borneo Mapping Tool: a new satellite + data map from CIFOR that highlights sustainable companies and helps find the culprits behind land clearing for oil palm and pulpwood plantations
  • The Five Great Forests Initiative:a WCS-led campaign to protect the world’s last intact primary forest landscapes, and with them mitigate climate change across the planet
  • The Africa Palm Oil Initiative: a commitment by nine African nations to make the palm oil industry sustainable and responsible as the continent becomes a net exporter, from Tropical Forests Alliance 2020
  • Climate Resilience through Sweet Potatoes (CReSP): the humble sweet potato as the first line of defense against famine for vulnerable communities, launched by the International Potato Center

Members of the media in Marrakesh are welcome to attend the Launchpads. Please see here for more details and schedule. Additional access or interviews with participants is possible.

To register as media, please use this link or write to Deanna Ramsay at