3rd APRS media training Digital Summit

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Drawing on a broad range of expertise and experience, scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) will conduct a two-day training for members of the media on 21 April 2018 in preparation for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS).

The training, which includes journalists from Indonesia and the south-east asian region, aims to enhance media coverage of the 2018 APRS and provide the latest information and progress reports on a wide variety of topics, including forests and climate change, REDD+, restoration, bioenergy and peatlands.

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Climate change and migration

With more droughts, floods, heatwaves and other extreme weather events, adding to the increasing land degradation and rising sea levels, the number of people at risk of being negatively affected by climate change is rising. Environmental degradation has a devastating effect on livelihoods and income in less developed parts of the world, where most of the households depends on land and ecosystems services and goods. To face this loss,  individuals and communities might be forced to  seek economic opportunities elsewhere, when adaptation on-site is not possible or is too expensive.


The impact of climate change on migration is widely expected to dwarf all others. The World Bank estimates that across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, over 140 million people will be forced to migrate within their own countries due to climate change.

“Climate change-driven migration will be a reality, but it does not need to be a crisis, provided we take action now and act boldly,” said John Roome, a senior director for Climate Change at the World Bank. The challenges of migration in the context of climate change require a new strategic approach to policy. Policy makers will need to take action to prevent harmful environmental changes, reduce their impact, and build resilience in communities.

Viable solutions to these challenges are anchored in sustainable development and inclusive growth opportunities. This entails balancing economic growth and social inclusion with land stewardship and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Innovative measures need to be implemented to encourage effective and sustainable management of natural assets, address the imbalances and provide alternatives to distressed migration.

Join the next Global Landscape Forum Digital Summit, “Climate Change, Migration & Gender”. We will be joined by representatives from UNHCR, IOM, DIE, UNCCD, Platform on Disaster Displacement, and ILO to discuss the core issues contributing to climate-induced migration and the most effective solutions to  address this challenge.

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Land Use Change Needs Behavior Change

We know we have to change. We know the time is now. The question is: How?

Driven by agricultural expansion and the conversion to cash crops and monocultures, the past decades have seen rapid changes affecting landscapes in the tropics – coming largely at the expense of intact forests and other critical ecosystems.

Ultimately, most if not all of these changes are attributable to human behavior – within producer as well as consumer communities. Yet, the most prominent responses to these land use challenges such as REDD+, or more recently, the global large-scale restoration agenda have focused on a limited array of tools designed to shift human behavior, namely financial incentives and legal restrictions.

While other policy fields like public health have a longer history in putting people and their real motivations at the center, concepts from behavioral psychology and economics are now gaining traction in environmental policy. And they did already shape conservation practice for decades, lessons from which solutions are now being distilled.

Following a session at the Global Landscapes Forum in December 2017, we will convene a group of renowned experts from conservation, development, behavioral design and community-based action to discuss with you the Importance of Behavior Change for Land Use Change. We look forward to an exciting debate that will shed light on how practitioners, scientists and professionals can draw from the wealth of insights that behavior economics and psychology have surfaced.


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International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions

The purpose of the conference is to bring together a wide range of scientists, experts and stakeholders, in order to engage in various aspects of research relating to negative CO2 emissions. This will include various negative emission technologies, climate modelling, climate policies and incentives.

For further information please click here.

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World Wildlife Day 2018: The role of youth in big cat conservation

Last year the theme of World Wildlife Day was “listen to the young voices,” and this year, with the theme of “big cats: predators under threat,” we’re bringing some young voices to the fore to talk about their experiences in big cat conservation. Tune in on WWD 2018 for a roundtable discussion hosted by Youth for Wildlife Conservation (Y4WC).

Some of the most charismatic wildlife in the world, big cats face a number of threats, from habitat loss, to poaching, to human-animal conflict.

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Webinar: Storytelling for Business – How to Leverage Data and Make Your Message Stick

Data is the word on every PR and Communications professional’s lips in recent years. We need more data points. We need to analyse the data. We need more data!

How are we able to use the huge amount of data that is available to us, both internally and externally, to get what we want? To achieve our business goals? To work for us?

In this session, we’ll learn from Anjali Sharma, MD of business storytelling company Narrative, as she shares her expertise on how best to leverage data and what type of data is most impactful to share with your stakeholders.

The webinar is free and register now to confirm your attendance.

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UN Youth Forum – “The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities”

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2018, will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and to discuss the policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalised approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels with a view to promoting solutions to the global challenge of strengthening resilience and sustainable development.

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GLF/IFSA Youth Training: “Youth uniting sectors to halt deforestation – capacity development workshop”

Join 50 young leaders in Rome, Italy on Feb 19th to get trained by leading professionals and develop a work plan for collective action towards halting deforestation. Along with getting restoration ready, you will gain access to the CPF International Conference on Deforestation from Feb 20-22nd. We will live-stream trainings and moderate an online discussion for the broader YIL community. Learn more and apply now to secure your spot.

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Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit 2018

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) will be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Summit provides the opportunity for countries across the region to showcase their work on forest conservation and demonstrate their progress on implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

For further info please click here.

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