Join the GLF Digital Summit: Unheard community stories – mainstreaming indigenous, grassroots, and youth experiences in peatlands conservation efforts


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Date: November 8, 2017

Time: 2PM Rome time (8PM Jakarta – 8AM New York/Lima)
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Peatland conservation is a hot topic on international environmental agendas recently, from the launch of Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency to the initiation of the Global Peatlands Initiative. Yet peatland ecosystems have been cared for and inhabited for centuries by different indigenous communities, although their efforts and knowledge do not often receive a generous spotlight. This grassroots knowledge of local peatlands contexts and conservation efforts holds great potential for informing scaled-up conservation efforts in other contexts.

In the Peruvian Amazon, bosquesinos (forest farmers) have mastered agricultural, land use and fishery adaptation efforts in response to changing peatlands landscapes while prioritizing biodiversity and care-taking of their lands. On the other side of the globe, indigenous youth in Central Kalimantan are spearheading conservation efforts that invigorate local economies through public health initiatives in response to peatland fires, and through public education, awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns.

Join this GLF by participating in this Digital Summit that will serve to continue the conversation after the May 2017 Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter event in Jakarta, and the September 2017 National Policy Dialogue on Laws and Best Practices for Reducing Fire and Haze.

Experts from the Peruvian Amazon and Central Kalimantan will give updates on their local contexts and efforts while showcasing their traditional peatland conservation and care-taking knowledge in order to inform scaling up at broader levels.

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Date: November 8, 2017

Time: 2PM Rome time (8PM Jakarta – 8AM New York/Lima) 
(Use this tool to convert to your local time zone)

Duration: 2 hours

This Digital Summit is a collaborative effort: our panel of experts worked together to share their experiences and approaches, their trials and errors.

We will give ample opportunity for all digital summit participants to join into the discussion, either to share their own experiences, hints and tricks, or to ask questions to the speakers, or to the entire group.

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You can register for this Digital Summit by completing this form.

You will receive a confirmation email, and a reminder with instructions for joining the webinar one day before the event.

Register quickly! GLF Digital Summits are limited to 100 participants and available “seats” are often filled in a matter of days. We encourage participants to actively engage in our webinars with feedback, questions, and sharing of their own experiences.

Speakers

Dennis del Castillo Torres, Forest Management and Environmental Service Programme Director, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana

Dennis del Castillo is currently the Forest Management and Environmental Service Programme Director at the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana, IIAP, and has more than 25 years of experience implementing projects and conducting participatory research involving rural development, biodiversity conservation, soil and forest management and sustainable use of natural resources. He has in-depth knowledge of rural life in various Amazonian countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador), African countries (Cape Verde, Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique).  During the last fifteen years Dennis has been working with local farmers of flooded forest and peatland in the Peruvian amazon.

 

Emmanuela Shinta, Founder, Ranu Welum Foundation

Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak activist, filmmaker and storyteller whose work is widely known in Southeast Asia. She is the founder of Ranu Welum Foundation. With a reputation for leading and empowering young people, she regularly speaks at workshops, graduations, panel discussions, activist forums and even in churches, around the region. She is at the forefront of taking and active and peaceful role in preserving the heritage, humanity and environment of Kalimantan, amidst the infamous haze that engulfs the region each year.

 

Hugo Plaza, Bosquesino

Hugo Plaza and his family work on the banks of the Amazon River, but mainly in peatlands. They have adapted to the annual water level change of the river based on different short term annual crops, flooded resistant agroforestry systems and use of biodiversity, mainly cultivating banana, cassava, vegetables, fruit trees and fishery. They are masters of adaptation of systems of agriculture, forestry and fishery based on the principles of constant change and reduction of land use risks strategies.

 

Toribio Diaz, Bosquesino

Toribio Diaz and his family work on the banks of the Amazon River, but mainly in peatlands. They have adapted to the annual water level change of the river based on different short term annual crops, flooded resistant agroforestry systems and use of biodiversity, mainly cultivating banana, cassava, vegetables, fruit trees and fishery. They are masters of adaptation of systems of agriculture, forestry and fishery based on the principles of constant change and reduction of land use risks strategies.

 

 

Lina Karolin, Advocacy Coordinator, Ranu Welum Foundation

Lina Karolin is coordinator of Advocacy in Ranu Welum Foundation. She leads the Youth Act Campaign that aims to mobilize youth volunteers on the forest fire and haze issue on grass root level.

 

 

Yusup Roni, Tumbang Habangoi village head

Yusup Roni is a head of Tumbang Habangoi village in Katingan regions, Central Kalimantan. He is actively involved in activism and politics as a community leader, and spearheads efforts to build social economy and forest protection plans in his region.

 

 

Background

The Global Landscapes Forum puts communities first in addressing landscape-level issues. With science and traditional knowledge at the core, GLF events are designed not only to spark dialogue but also follow-through to impact in addressing some of the most complex and multi-stakeholder problems facing our earth and our communities. Peatlands conservation and indigenous knowledge and rights are deeply interrelated themes, and with the launch of the Global Peatlands Initiative at the GLF in Marrakesh in 2016, the push towards best practices in these areas has emerged as a movement within the broader GLF movement.

About the GLF Digital Summits

Participation in GLF Digital Summits is open to all. GLF partners, indigenous groups, nonprofit organizations or individuals working in the area of forestry, sustainable development, agriculture, ecosystems, public health, conservation and design are especially encouraged to register.

Our Summits are attended by a wide variety of landscapes practitioners: there is no barrier for entry beyond a passion for solving complex problems!

We do not require fees for participation, but we ask that all participants actively engage in the online discussion during the Digital Summit.

The Summits are moderated via BlueJeans, an online tool that can run on any internet browser. It only requires participants to have a good and reliable Internet connection and a computer/tablet running any internet browser.