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DFID Research: Looking at sustainable development in a global landscape

In November a new forum will bring together experts to discuss an integrated approach to sustainable development alongside UN climate talks in Warsaw

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Rice fields in Bali, Indonesia. Picture: Daniel Murdiyarso/CIFOR.

Rice fields in Bali, Indonesia. Picture: Daniel Murdiyarso/CIFOR.

Registration is currently open for the Global Landscapes Forum to be held in November.

The two-day event will take place alongside the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties in Warsaw and will see more than 1,000 policymakers, journalists, leaders and experts in forests and agriculture come together to discuss the science and policy behind the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

The Global Landscapes Forum will take place on the 16-17 November 2013 and will provide a platform for negotiators, policy makers, development professionals and researchers to discuss an integrated approach to achieving development aspirations while protecting environmental goods and services, mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects.

The forum is in its first year and is a combination of two annual conferences: Forest Day, and Agricultural and Rural Development Day. It aims to inform future UNFCCC agreements and develop the landscape approach, a framework that integrates agriculture and forests into the sustainable development agenda.

In order to do this the forum will focus on four main themes:

  1. Investing in sustainable landscapes in forests and on farms
  2. Landscapes policy and governance for forestry, agriculture and other land uses
  3. Synergies between adapting to climate change in forest and agricultural landscapes
  4. Landscapes for food security and nutrition

By putting the four dimensions of Sustainable Investment; Policy and Governance; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; and Food Security and Nutrition on the agenda at the upcoming climate talks, the forum will serve as the pre-eminent global hub for discussion and networking among stakeholders involved in development processes across the landscape.

We’re moving toward the planning and implementation of multiple objectives — governance, production systems, sustainable intensification — to see how these can work at different scales.

says Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum is jointly coordinated by CIFOR and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) on behalf of 26 agriculture, rural development and forestry organizations. The event will set forth proposals to develop the potential of a landscape approach to inform future U.N. climate and development strategies.

For more information on the event visit the forum website.

To register, click here.

Published 18 September 2013