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GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference 2020: As it happened

On 28-29 October, more than 5,000 people from 148 countries gathered online at the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health to advocate for the importance of biodiversity in preventing future crises of global pandemics and climate change. Indigenous leaders, policy experts, heads of global organizations, youth and more came together in 50 sessions, plenaries, virtual tours, launches to exchange knowledge and inform decision-makers about the crucial interdependencies of all life on Earth. 15 white papers were published by participating organizations, providing critical insight on how humanity can make the transition from exploiting to restoring the Earth’s ecosystems. The messages shared reached more than 35 million people on social media, a testament to the global discourse recognizing the urgency of bending the curve of biodiversity loss.

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2020s Landscape Hero: Prey Lang Community Network

The network of Indigenous communities living in and around the Prey Lang forest in Cambodia is the winner of the GLF 2020 Landscape Heroes award, which celebrates people taking action to safeguard the planet’s biodiversity. The network was selected by a panel of experts among 80 submissions from around the world, while environmental specialist Jorge Watanabe emerged as ‘audience favorite’ for his landscape restoration initiative in Peru. Both were announced at the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health.

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