Going for the Gold Standard: Reflections on developing principles to respect rights

Join us for this digital summit to learn why GLF is working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities to Go for the Gold – to ensure rights are respected and our planet is restored. Educate yourself about what it takes to become a champion for rights.

Why the Gold Standard?
Indigenous Peoples and local communities are unparalleled environmental stewards: their lands hold 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity and sequester nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon. But we are not doing enough to recognize and respect the rights of these groups, especially for the rights of women, which are foundational to their ability to protect nature, to their safety, and their well-being.
Though there are many social and environmental safeguards to protect, existing schemes still lack a common set of globally recognized principles, defined and developed with rights holders.
Organizations including GLF, IPMG, RRI and FPP have come together to address this gap by developing a best practice “Guiding Principles to Rights-Based approaches to sustainable landscapes.”

Why join in on this digital summit:
Join us for this digital summit to learn about where the Gold Standard has been and where it’s going.

By taking part, you’ll hear about lessons panelists learned during the early stages of the Gold Standard concept development and consultations with rights holders in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. You’ll also learn about resources the Gold Standard’s developing organizations may provide for its successful adoption: to build the capacities of duty bearers to fulfill their responsibilities to people and the planet.
The development of the Gold Standard has been centered around regional consultation where rights holders shape the guiding principles. These principles will inform national and international policies and landscape-level interventions. The consultations are on-going, and the principles are expected to be launched publicly at the end of 2019.

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Large scale restoration of agroecosystems – Opportunities and Challenges of participatory monitoring.

Restoration practices must be designed in environmentally, socially and economically efficient ways in order to enhance long term farmer adoption. Putting together farmers’ experiences and scientific knowledge through participatory monitoring can help to find the most feasible solutions to develop resilient agroecosystems. However, involving multiple stakeholders in research can be challenging and requires careful design of collaborative monitoring adapted to the local context.

In this Digital Summit, three cases of participatory montoring used to foster agroecosystem restoration will be shared. The case studies present differing methods that have been used in research in three ecosystems: African thickets and forests, Mediterranean drylands in Spain, and the subtropical Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. After considering the strengths and lessons learnt from these case studies, we will facilitate a discussion about plausible strategies, benefits, challenges and limitations of participatory monitoring to facilitate knowledge exchange, foster the restoration of agroecosystems, and promote science with impact.


  • Moderator: Dr. Joris de Vente, Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC)
  • MSc Raquel Luján Soto, Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC) & Institute of Sociology and Peasant Studies (ISEC) – University of Cordoba.
  • Mr. Piet Krueger, Farmer participating in Living Lands restoration initiative (South Africa).
  • Dr Lindsay Stringer, University of Leeds
  • MSc Heitor Mancini Teixeira, WUR (NL) and University of Viçosa (Brasil)

This Digital Summit is hosted by GLF and initiated by J. de Vente and R. Lujan Soto from the Spanish National Research Council as a partner in the ENABLE consortium and supported by a research grant from Fundación la Caixa.

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Fourth AFR100 Annual Partnership Meeting

Join AFR100 partners from October 26-29, 2019 for the 2019 Annual Partnership meeting. Held back-to-back with the GLF Accra on October 29-30, the meeting will convene AFR100’s diverse stakeholders.
Please continue to check this page for more details.

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From river to coast – Collaboration to restore coastal and rural areas

Participatory approaches to map and model system dynamics can help to create mutual understanding of appropriate collective action for ecosystem restoration initiatives. But in contexts with active resource or value system conflicts, this can be a challenging task.

Join us for this Digital Summit, which will address the potential benefits, limitations and challenges of participatory modelling as a methodology to co-create scenarios promoting coastal-rural synergies.

In particular, three examples of ongoing projects in Spain, India and Portugal will be presented: 1) the Mar Menor coastal lagoon and its contributing catchment area, as part of the COASTAL project; 2) the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon and Lower Vouga River Natura2000 sites; and 3) A project with farmers about groundwater management in India.

Already have thoughts or questions for our speakers? Registered participants will be asked to submit their questions in advance!


  • Moderator: Joris de Vente, Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)
  • Javier Martínez-López, Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC)
  • Alexey Voinov, Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living (PERSWADE, Australia)
  • Óscar Esparza Alaminos, WWF (Spain)
  • Ana Lillebø, University Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Heliana Teixeira, University Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Nagesh Kolagani, Centurion University (India)


This Digital Summit is hosted by GLF and initiated by J. de Vente and J. Martínez López from the Spanish National Research Council as partner in the  ENABLE consortium and COASTAL project.

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Carbon Forestry Course


In cooperation with renowned partner organizations active in the land-use sector, such as UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use and Solidaridad, the Chair of Silviculture at Freiburg University offers this 3-week online course in Carbon Forestry. Highlights of the course include ecological, social, economic & technical aspects of carbon forestry in theory and practice. The course is taught by experienced academics, project developers and auditors, and offers technical basics of developing and evaluating climate change mitigation projects, analysis and validation of project design documents of different types of land-use based carbon projects (REDD, Afforestation/Reforestation, Smart Climate Agriculture, Improved Forest Management etc.). Furthermore, by using a local case study, participants will measure biomass on a local afforestation site or at home and quantify the carbon contents in the lab.

Additionally, participants are trained in established methodologies of specific standards, esp. Afforestation/Reforestation projects, such as under the CDM, Verra/VCS or Gold Standard. The course fee is 750€ (partial scholarships available).

For more information please follow the link or send an email to: carbon.forestry@waldbau.uni-freiburg.de.

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