LEADERSHIP 101: Step-by-step guide to sparking action

In starting a new initiative, step 1 is often the hardest to take. This session brings together six incredible community leaders who have not only taken the first step toward creating the change they want to see in the world, but who have also gone on and achieved it. Bringing leading speakers from the ‘Voices of the Landscape’ Plenary and the ‘Creating our Shared Future’ Youth Plenary, this 1-hour interactive session is your chance to hear them share their recipes for success and answer questions on how you can do the same.

Part 1: Voices from the Landscapes (30 min)

  • Janene Yazzie, Co-founder, Sixth World Solutions
  • Katherine Mana-Galido, Advocacy Program Coordinator, NTFP-EP Philippines
  • Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, Convener & Team Lead, The Green Republic Project

Part 2: Creating our Shared Future (30 min)

  • Fe Cortez, Founder Menos 1-Lixo
  • Lawrence Afere, Founder Springboard Nigeria
  • Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, Founding Member Youth in Landscapes Initiative

Join in on this intimate conversation with leading speakers of GLF Bonn 2018.

Looking for a deeper dive? Sign up now for a free, month-long course on landscape leadership with the GLF Landscape Academy.


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Amplifying grassroots movements

Building a movement – rallying thousands of people towards collective action – is an undeniably exciting concept, but what does it actually mean to create a movement? And how does one movement build?

In an era of buzzwords, this GLF Digital Summit will break down how any project, organization, or idea can systematically build a ground swell of community support and action. This interactive conversation will provide participants with both innovative outreach tactics and a framework to amplify grassroots movements. By answering key questions on movement building, as it relates to sustainable landscapes, and the use of digital and social media tools, participants will learn how to light a flame to spark a movement and maintain the fire.

Expert speakers will analyze real-life case studies from the GLF community and projects showcased at GLF Bonn 2018 while providing advice on how to mobilize community support and raise awareness. Featuring experts from digital strategies and the landscapes approach, participants to this digital summit will learn to:

  • Un-pack the idea of a movement and define their own, project-specific movement
  • Apply the framework of a landscape approach to engage all stakeholders and ensure sustainability
  • Understand an array of communication tools to amplify your message
  • Utilize digital strategies to amplify messages and mobilize communities towards action

Speakers: Pooja Munshi, Cora van Oosten, Yusuf Yahya

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Telling stories about landscapes – GLF Bonn 2018 Media Workshop

Telling stories about landscapes – Insights from media and science

Join our first GLF online Media workshop, pitch stories and win reporting prizes and reporting grants

Are you a journalist or a media specialist interested in sustainable development and the role that landscapes play in environmental and human wellbeing? There are many, many stories out there waiting to be told and we have all the tools to help you. Please join us at our upcoming GLF Media Workshop.

Our proposal?

  1. Join our digital summit to discuss environmental and human stories related to landscapes and explore some of the best tools and techniques you can use for reporting in a way that speaks to both your editor and to a global audience. Experts from media and science will host an online conversation to share their experiences and tips on how to bring your reporting to the next level; get the scoop on where and how you can dig out overlooked, but critical issues around landscapes. Pick our experts’ brains with your questions and use this first-time GLF session for the media to enrich your work.
  2. Register for and attend the GLF Bonn digital edition – watch the livestream, check the agenda, request interviews and more.
  3. Write or produce stories from the GLF Bonn digital edition and win prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
  • outstanding feature story
  • video
  • radio report/podcast
  • photo essay
  1. Write your stories based on the discussions at GLF Bonn 2018 and publish them on your respective media platforms.
    Send us the link to your story by Thursday, 6 December at a.popescu@cgiar.org.
    Should you require expert sources or have requests for online interviews with participants at the GLF Bonn, do get in touch with us at a.popescu@cgiar.org.
    A specialist panel (to be announced) will judge the entries. The top entrant in each category will win a prize of $500.
  2. Have in mind a local story that’s relevant for the GLF? Pitch it to us!
    Many times great local stories remain uncovered as reporting can face financial difficulties. We want to see more of those stories come to light, so we are starting by offering three reporting grants of USD 1,000 each for the best pitches.Your pitch should contain:

    • proposed story title
    • a 300-400 word outline of your story idea and reporting approach
    • how your story is connected to the themes and issues discussed at GLF Bonn 2018
    • a provisional list of sources: who are you planning to interview, etc
    • article budget: list and detail the story-associated costs

Terms and conditions:

  • By submitting a nomination, the media assets provided can be used by the GLF in its communication products and platforms.
  • By submitting media materials, those submitting agree to a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial share-alike license (BY-NC-SA). Competition organizers will use these materials for relevant GLF products. Those submitting media are not permitted to use these materials for commercial purposes.
  • Media professionals are required to attach an authorization signed by a representative of the media company employing them. This authorization should state that the organizers of the contest have permission to publish the author’s work.

Submit your story pitch by Wednesday, 13 December here.


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Kick-off event: Strengthening Women’s Land Rights – Crucial for SDG’s


Kick-off event: meet female land rights champions, make your work more effective and join the festive launch of a photo exhibition

You are kindly invited to participate in an inspiring and informative event to discuss lessons learned from successful grassroots initiatives to improve land rights for women, supported by The Netherlands. What do these lessons mean for the gender ambitions in the policy note ‘Investing in Global Prospects’? How can we apply these lessons in our work on foreign trade and development cooperation?

Women and men’s equal rights to use, access and control land are crucial for the livelihoods, including income and health, of women, men and their families, as put forward in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). During this event, impact stories will be shared by women who are involved in different initiatives in order to generate concrete ideas for follow-up which should result in action and results on the ground.

For more information, you can find it here.

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Local finance for forest and landscape restoration

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is proud to partner with the WWF Landscape Finance Lab to present a webinar and learning forum concerning how finance can be directed for the benefit of local stakeholders engaged in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR). We will discuss investment mechanisms and strategies, and share experiences in accessing local, blended funding sources to scale up FLR.

Please join our webinar, as well as the two-week discussion forum on the Landscape Finance Lab Platform to exchange information on available options, and to share lessons and case studies. We welcome your engagement with the community to learn more about local finance options for forest and landscape!


More than USD 300 billion per year is needed to restore the world’s degraded lands and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15.3 to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil – including land affected by desertification, drought and floods – and strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world by 2030.

In many countries, guidance is needed in terms of how best to incentivize and enable local and sub-national actors (such as farmers, small- and medium-sized enterprises, civil society including community organizations, and local governments) with financial and non-financial support to produce FLR outcomes.

This knowledge-sharing forum aims to develop participants’ knowledge concerning ways in which finance can be better directed to benefit local stakeholders engaged in Forest and Landscape Restoration.

Read more about the event and its focus.

Register here.

Direct link here.

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NLandscapes learning event in Wageningen – What’s needed to scale-up landscape restoration?

Restoring our degraded landscapes is essential to meet global goals and provide a sustainable future. But prevailing systemic barriers prevent efforts reaching the necessary scale. What are these barriers and what can we do to achieve the impact that is so urgently needed?

The knowledge session aims to create a deeper understanding of the different approaches to scale-up landscape restoration, gain insight in approaches applied on the ground and identify ways forward in the cases discussed. We will investigate the dynamics of scaling and how scaling should take place. We’ll explore scaling from different angles, from scaling-out, to scaling-up and look at what scaling means for space, money and people and policy.

We will work in an interactive open setting, and bring the knowledge available in the network together around landscape restoration cases you are working on.

Therefore you are warmly invited to :

Bring your case

We will use the landscape restoration cases we are working on ourselves, address the questions and dilemmas we come across and share knowledge and expertise to identify steps forward.

Send us your landscape restoration case. For more information, please click here.

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ICIMOD learning event in Nepal – Bridging Boundaries

ICIMOD has been using river basin and transboundary landscape management approaches to work across borders and achieve shared goals. The Centre’s river basin approach takes into account a range of concerns—monitoring and assessment of water resources, water-induced risk management, and climate change adaptation and resilience building with particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. It adopts an integrated water resource management approach to improve current understanding of upstream-downstream linkages as well as the links between natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.

The International Consultative Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation across Transboundary Landscapes and River Basins in the Hindu Kush Himalaya provide a timely opportunity to envision possible mechanisms to enhance regional cooperation and to discuss priority actions for the same. It will also look into strengthening existing regional cooperation mechanisms.

For more information, please visit this link.

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Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development – Online Course

An engaging 5-week online course, which aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to analyse and design policies that are coherent as well as mutually reinforcing across departments and agencies.


The course will lay special emphasis on the importance of cross-organisational policy coherence between different levels of government, and on the need for collaboration and networking with regional and international actors. Highlighting the importance of the role of actors and institutions, the course will also cover review mechanisms and tools to provide a holistic approach to coherent policy making

About the course

Theoretical, practical and case study based approaches will be used to illustrate and support the concepts. There will be inputs by high-level speakers from the UN System, think tanks, academia as well as the OECD. Participants will get the opportunity to engage with the distinguished academics and leading experts through the live webinars. Assignments, exercises, quizzes and peer sharing spread across the different modules of the course will benefit the participants and add to their learning.

This course was designed by the UN System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, in coordination with the National University of Singapore acting through its Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Hertie School of Governance based in Berlin and in collaboration with the OECD Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development Unit in Paris.


Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Explain the transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the importance of policy coherence for sustainable development in its implementation;
Demonstrate a clear understanding of the dimensions of sustainable development, identify interlinkages and interdependencies among the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and identify coherent policies that consider such interconnections;
Analyse policies that are mutually reinforcing across departments and agencies;
Cite examples of mechanisms that enhance policy coherence for sustainable development at local, national, and international level, its various challenges, and the tools to address them;
Enumerate strategies to overcome stakeholder conflict and building cooperation and trust between stakeholders.

Course Methodology

The 5-week online course will comprise of different modules. Each module will draw from case studies and examples to illustrate and support the concepts, and will include assignments and group work that prompt application. Each module will feature a quiz to enable participants to test their knowledge on the content. Learning will take place through reading materials, live webinars by distinguished academics and leading experts and through peer-sharing via discussion forums.

Course Contents

Week 1 will provide an introduction to the concept and evolution of policy coherence for sustainable development, explain vertical and horizontal coherence as well as the different mechanisms that enhance policy coherence across the policy cycle
Week 2 will discuss the need and ways to align policies to achieve sustainable development and how the concept has evolved in the post-2015 era
Week 3 will focus on the importance of policy coherence at national, regional, and international level and examples of policy coherence for sustainable development
Week 4 will look at tools and review mechanisms to assess integration of the 2030 Agenda at national level and tracking progress on policy coherence
Week 5 will focus on actors, institutions and stakeholders. A part of this module will also elaborate on the importance of political will for policy coherence

Target Audience

UN staff from headquarters, country teams or regional offices, government representatives, development practitioners as well as members of civil society, academia and foundations.

Cost of participation

The course fee of 500 USD will cover the following:

Unlimited access to course materials (video and key readings), recording of webinars and speakers’ presentations.
Participation in live webinars with renowned subject matter experts on sustainable development.
Exclusive access to UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.
Certificates of Participation will be awarded to participants subject to the completion of all modules and quizzes, successful submission of exercises and assignments, and full participation in all live online sessions and discussion forums for each topic covered in the course.

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