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Are you ready to join us on a four-week Biodiversity Online Learning Journey about biodiversity and climate action, as we gear up for the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference?  

The Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), together with the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)the Wageningen Centre for Development and Innovation (WCDI), and in collaboration with Youth 4 Nature, is shaping a unique learning experience for students and young professionals interested in becoming leaders in biodiversity and climate action

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The Program

The two-day GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference will gather students and young professionals from all over the world. Playing key roles as speakers, volunteers, moderators and MCs,  youth will not only participate in the conference but will contribute to shaping the outcomes that emerge. The two-day conference will be, for some, the last stop of a digital journey – and for others, the first destination: participants in the online course “Biodiversity: a Digital Journey” will use the knowledge and skills earned during the program to contribute to the conference conversations, while delegations from XX youth organizations will embark on a new path with us – co-creating a biodiversity policy brief. Conference attendees will also be able to start or finish their days with regionally focused Youth Daily Shows, which will explore biodiversity-related topics through the eyes of young speakers.

The Program

The two-day GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference will gather students and young professionals from all over the world. Playing key roles as speakers, volunteers, moderators and MCs,  youth will not only participate in the conference but will contribute to shaping the outcomes that emerge. 

The two-day conference will be, for some, the last stop of a digital journey – and for others, the first destination: participants in the online course “Biodiversity: a Digital Journey” will use the knowledge and skills earned during the program to contribute to the conference conversations, while delegations from more than 15 youth organizations will embark on a new path with us – co-creating a biodiversity policy brief. 

Conference attendees will also be able to start or finish their days with regionally focused Youth Daily Shows, which will explore biodiversity-related topics through the eyes of young speakers.

SOME OF YOUTH FORUM'S SPEAKERS

YOUTH AGENDA

Bonn: UTC/GMT +1

A Digital Journey

07:30-08:00
Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

Agriculture is the main income source for most rural households in Asia and the Pacific region. However, the increasing biodiversity loss due to climate change represents a huge threat to people’s livelihoods, the consequences of which could be even more dangerous than the COVID-19 pandemic. To promote youth engagement in biodiversity protection toward achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, this Youth Daily Show – led by Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) in collaboration with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) – will explore what young Indigenous people working in agriculture are doing to preserve biodiversity

09:00-10:30
CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) with FAO

Biodiversity is already a well-recognized element of sustainable forest management (SFM). The role of forests in maintaining biodiversity is also explicitly recognized by the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030. The purpose of this session is to discuss the state of mainstreaming biodiversity in the forest sector, take stock of existing concepts and tools for integrating biodiversity in forest management and make recommendations for future actions. The results of the discussion will inform the FTA’s research as well as preparatory work towards the implementation of FAO’s Strategy on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors.

The International Livestock Research Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the power zoonoses have to disrupt our economies, public health and food systems. In response to this, One Health has grown as an approach for addressing the current inadequacies in responses to such global health crises, as well as playing an important role in addressing and mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. This panel will highlight why those promoting a landscape approach should pay greater attention to landscape health and its relationship with animal (livestock and wildlife) and human health, as part of an integrated One Health approach. If landscape policies and investments continue to be made without taking into account a One Health lens, they will miss opportunities to contribute to addressing the biggest challenges of our time.

  • Dennis Carroll

    Chair of the Leadership Board, Global Virome Project

  • Bernard Bett

    Senior Scientist, Animal and Human Health , International Livestock Research Institute

  • Doreen Robinson

    Chief for Wildlife, UN Environment Programme

  • Fernanda Thomas da Rocha

    Senior Regional Technical Specialist, Rural Institutions for the Latin America and the Caribbean region, IFAD

  • Enkh-Amgalan Tseelei

    National Coordinator, Rangeland Ecosystem Management Project "Green Gold" of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The zoonotic origins of COVID 19 and countries’ reactions to the pandemic raise important questions about the future of protected areas. First, does the threat of virus spillover events after all call for a stricter separation of nature and people despite all justified criticism of fortress conservation approaches? Second, how can conservation funding cope with dumps in international wildlife tourism? We will discuss these questions in the format of a digital roundtable with experts in protected areas from different backgrounds. We will include practical examples of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on protected areas and aim to provide policy-oriented conclusions that could feed into the protected areas work at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress and CBD COP 15.

10:45-12:15
WWF

The triple challenge is the imperative to simultaneously deliver a stable climate, recovering biodiversity and healthy food for 10 billion people by 2050. Building on discussions at the GLF Bonn in June, this event advances thinking on the concept further, and explores the implications through a deep dive into the case of the Greater Virunga Landscape. In the Virunga landscape this triple challenge looms large, as does the risk of disease transmission between both wildlife and humans, making the One Health approach essential. The discussion will combine speakers from the landscape with external experts and the audience to explore how to negotiate and balance these challenges.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

The environment, climate change, biodiversity, health, the economy – we face multiple crises. Deforestation and ecosystem degradation have not lost their momentum – we are losing biodiversity fast, reducing our ability to use land-based solutions. Mono-causal solutions have not worked for these interconnected problems. This interactive and informative session will invite the audience to learn and explore, with experts from science and indigenous peoples, how to deliver a green, just recovery: How are biodiversity and climate change linked? How can rights-based approaches protect and fully restore ecological functionality? Which policy processes and finances are needed? Where are the priorities?

12:30-13:00
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The 252nd edition of international forestry journal Unasylva, “Restoring the Earth: the next decade”, is devoted to building momentum for the restoration agenda to 2030, particularly in light of the opportunities presented by major restoration commitments such as the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, AFR100, Initiative 20×20 and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

The Unasylva journal, established in 1947, is the FAO’s longest-running periodical. It aims to bring globally-significant developments in forestry to a broad range of readers, and features contributors from across the planet and from a range of sectors and institutions.

At the launch of Unasylva 252, panelists from civil society, international organizations and national governments will share stories of the participatory process that lead to the edition’s creation; highlight important findings of the edition; raise awareness around the opportunities associated with restoration and the UN Decade; and emphasize the vibrancy of restoration efforts at the global level.

  • Christophe Besacier

    Senior Forestry Officer, Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Faustine Zoveda

    Forestry Officer, Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism Forestry Division , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Valentina Garavaglia

    International consultant, Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism, Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Carole Saint-Laurent

    Deputy Director, Forest Conservation Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Katie Reytar

    Senior Research Associate , World Resources Institute (WRI)

  • Musonda Mumba

    Chief, Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit (TEU), UN Environment

  • Tom Lalampaa

    Chief Executive Officer , Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya

  • Julien Noël Rakotoarisoa

    Director General of Environmental Governance, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Madagascar

Global Youth Biodiversity Network with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

Years from now, historians will be discussing the reality we are living and the tomorrow we are defining. What will they call this age? The age of climate denial, the age of biodiversity loss or could it possible be the age of collective action? In a critical moment for the planet and all its peoples, the IPBES 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, suggest that we all get on the train of Transformative Change – a profound, fundamental, system-wide and strategic change in discourses, actions, values and policy. 

During this Youth Daily Show, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network joins the Youth in Landscapes Initiative to unpack the concept of Transformative Change and explore what WE can do, for all economic, technological, and social activities to nourish the planet, not degrade it.

13:15-14:00
Global Landscapes Forum

The variety of life on Earth is being lost at an unprecedented rate. Now more than ever, the health of our planet requires us to recognize our complex, interdependent relationships with nature. During this opening plenary, keynote speakers will interact with the online community to frame the wicked problems of biodiversity loss alongside land degradation, climate change and the emergence of zoonotic pandemics. We kick off the conference with a call for a One Health approach, spotlighting the essential role of biodiversity and setting the scene for building back better.

14:00-14:45
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

This participatory plenary will be framed around the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the Paris climate goals and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, all of which call on the global community to ‘bend the curve’ on these critical issues. Key global policy makers, scientists as well as business and community leaders will inform the audience about plans in place for the new decade, and engage in critical discussion. Through constructive debate, we will explore how the new policy frameworks can spark a vivid societal dialogue, consolidate next steps and pave the way for direct global action from individuals, civil society, local authorities and the global business community.

15:00-15:45
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Aware of the critical state of degradation of ecosystems worldwide, on 1 March 2019, under Resolution 73/284, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021 – 2030 to be the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The resolution calls for supporting and scaling up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of ecosystem restoration. UNEP and FAO are the lead implementing UN agencies of the Decade and therefore, to support its implementation, a Task Force on Best Practices (TF) has been established involving a group of 85 individuals from 32 global leading organizations in the field of knowledge capitalization and dissemination. Led by FAO, this group is in charge of setting the ground for future efforts on knowledge capitalization and dissemination as well as the identification of new knowledge products, proposing an action plan for scientific research over the course of the Decade.

16:00-17:30
Sustainable Wildlife Management with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

The session will launch the White Paper and Policy Brief “Build Back Better in a post-COVID world – Reducing future wildlife-borne spillover of disease to humans” produced by the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme. Presenters will discuss alternative strategies to tackle the drivers of zoonotic disease emergence and their spread along wildlife value chains. They will emphasize the need to consider and involve the millions of citizens, communities and Indigenous People who rely on wildlife for food, income and cultural identity. Discussions will focus on how to encourage policy dialogue and coordinated targeted investments to prevent, detect and respond to future pandemics.

  • Philippe Mayaux, Head of sector Biodiversity and ecosystem services – Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) – European Commission 
  • Michelle Edgardine Ngwapaza, Deputy General Director and National focal point for the SWM Programme in Gabon – Wildlife and Protected Areas General Directorate (DGFAP), Ministry of waters, forests, sea and environment, in charge of Climate Plan and Land Use Plan – Republic of Gabon (Central Africa) 
  • Nickolas Fredericks, Current Toshao (indigenous village chief) for Shulinab village. Current chairman of the National Toshaos Council, the highest representative body for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana 
  • Nathalie van Vliet, Associate researcher – Site Coordinator SWM Programme Guyana – CIFOR 
  • Amanda Fine, Associate Director, Wildlife Health Programme WCS 
  • Marisa Peyre, Deputy Head ASTRE research unit – CIRAD 
  • Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer and Leader of the Animal Health Programme at FAO Director of the Joint Centre for Zoonoses and Anti-Microbial Resistance (CJWZ) 
Global Crop Diversity Trust

Our global food systems depend on agrobiodiversity – that is, the vast diversity of crops, trees and livestock that underpins our entire agricultural system, make it less vulnerable to pests and diseases, and contribute to landscape restoration and resilience in the midst of the climate crisis. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2.5, we have pledged to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of all our agrobiodiversity by 2020. However, even though we have made significant strides towards hitting the target, we are still far from implementation.

Global Peatlands Initiative with UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

This session will take you on a two-part peatlands journey to some of the most rare, remote and unique places in the world. Many peatlands offer a safe haven for rare and threatened biodiversity – from the orangutan of Indonesia to the golden sphagnum moss of Northern Ireland. Transport yourself to the remote forested swamps of the Congo Basin and then onward to the tip of the South American continent. Peatlands also offer vital stopping-off points for migratory species – connecting species to special places across the globe. Peatlands can also be carbon-packed micro-rainforests that house bizarre creatures and tales of the past. UNEP invites you to discover why peatlands are a critical habitat for biodiversity and what they offer to our climate and our health. This world tour will provide examples and share experiences and strategies, while highlighting the important role that partnerships can play in safeguarding biodiversity.

17:45-19:15
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Nature Fund

To implement the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, a major challenge will be to customize and redesign financial instruments to ensure that investment plans are evaluated for their potential risk to nature, or to create incentives for biodiversity-friendly investment into value chains. The session will bring together expert practitioners from the public and private sectors in multiple continents to discuss existing approaches in the field of financial instruments, good practices and lessons learned, as well as how to bring successful approaches to scale and how to link COVID-19 response measures to financing for a biodiversity-friendly future.

World Bank

Human and animal health are interdependent and are bound to the ecosystems that have deteriorated due to human activity. A “One Health” approach addresses human, animal and environmental health together, but while there are tools to assess capacity for addressing human and animal health, there is no such standard for environmental health. The World Bank (WB) is working to develop such a tool, and will share the beta version and results from testing it in Liberia. The session will also cover ways to mobilize resources at scale for biodiversity and nature-based solutions, gleaned from the WB’s new paper “Finance for Nature”. The WB’s COVID-19 response, which includes supporting local communities via quick, labor-intensive livelihood support in fisheries, forestry, and ecotourism, will also be discussed, and its biodiversity-focused Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program will be introduced and explored.

19:30-20:15
Global Landscapes Forum

Agricultural supply chains are the leading driver of deforestation globally, contributing to the depletion of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. This plenary will discuss the interrelation between finance for biodiversity and sustainable land use, healthy landscapes and sustainable, inclusive value chains. The debate will place smallholders at the heart of the discussion, while exploring the innovative financial instruments that are needed to spark a bio-economy, grounded in the rights and expertise of local communities.

20:15-21:00
Crop Trust

This interactive plenary will demonstrate why agrobiodiversity is essential to ensure food and nutrition security for the current and future global population. The greater the diversity, the more resilient the system: it protects crops and livestock from pests and diseases, and it can weather diverse shocks. Indigenous and local food systems have shown to be rich in agrobiodiversity, but many of these are on the brink of disappearance. How can we take inspiration from indigenous and local biocultural practices that have been proven to be effective? How can Indigenous and local community rights be better protected and/or recovered, in order to safeguard effective local practices and protect them from disappearance?

21:00-21:45

In Latin America, multiple drivers are putting pressure on biodiversity and natural ecosystems. This plenary will build on the issues raised in the ‘Financing Diversity’ plenary to shed light on opportunities and challenges to sustainable climate finance in the Amazon basin and the Latin American region at large. The debate will speak to financial innovations at the intersection of biodiversity and climate action and explore the initiatives and instruments needed to achieve a bio-economy that is truly based on nature’s richness, is gender–inclusive, and is grounded in the rights and expertise of Indigenous Peoples.

The two-part discussion will primarily be held in Portuguese and Spanish, with English translation.

Bonn: UTC/GMT +1

A Digital Journey

08:30-10:00
World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Environment Facility (GEF), WWF, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), The International Livestock Research Institute, Somos Territorio ABC, Wajari, Department of Wildlife Protection Leh

Rangelands (grassland, savannahs and silvo-pastoral systems) in dry areas and mountains account for the largest global restoration opportunities for ecosystems, human and environmental health, and economic growth.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Integrated landscape approaches feature prominently in recent UN conventions as promoted strategies to address inter-connected social, political, economic and environmental challenges in tropical frontier landscapes. However, evidence of their effectiveness remains poorly researched, reported and understood. This session will address this gap through a book launch that showcases COLANDS initiatives that are implementing integrated landscape approaches in Ghana, Zambia, and Indonesia. Speakers will share their experiences of conceptualizing, designing and implementing landscape approaches, including: why biodiversity needs to be integrated within landscape approaches, how better governance can be achieved, what evaluation approaches are appropriate and how to bridge sectorial, disciplinary and knowledge system divides.

09:15-10:00

Journey to Malaysian Borneo with The Borneo Project to learn about the rare wildlife of this unique island and see how local communities are involved in documenting and maintaining forest health! Join Fi, Bryan, Shahnaz, and Jettie on an exploration of the rainforests of the Baram River Basin to learn about a community-led project to document the endemic species of this ecosystem. This extraordinary, remote land is home to the Orang Ulu, which roughly means “people of the interior”, a term that includes many different indigenous groups. Together we will discuss how community-led forest protection is an essential tool in maintaining biodiversity, and we will even see some of the rare species that have evolved to suit this particular climate. It’s everything you could want from an exotic eco-tour, minus the mosquitos and humidity!

  • Shahnaz Sahmat

    Researcher, Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

  • Fiona McAlpine

    Communications and Project Manager, The Borneo Project

  • Bryan Anderson

    Field Manager, SAVE Rivers Network

  • Jettie Word

    Executive Director, The Borneo Project

10:15-11:45
ICIMOD

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region extends across eight countries from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east, crossing Pakistan, India, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. It is a globally important resource – biologically and culturally rich, it provides ecosystem goods and services to a quarter of the world’s population. The HKH is the Pulse of the Planet – what happens here affects the rest of the world. This session will explain why the HKH is the Pulse of the Planet and the need to reinforce positive relations between biodiversity, landscapes, culture and health in a post-COVID ‘new normal’.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

The new CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will build on a theory of change aiming for transformative shifts and involving the whole of society. Landscape-based initiatives and approaches across the globe have evidenced the potential contribution of non-state actors in achieving global goals. Landscape governance arrangements are complementary to existing CBD approaches, and align with the GBF objectives. This session will highlight and discuss the role of landscape approaches and arrangements undertaken by non-state actors to support the GBF, discuss how policies could support this and illustrate the potential for area-based non-state actor GBF commitments and verification.

True Nature Foundation

Rewilding is a new, (pro)active approach to biodiversity conservation. Restoring ecosystems is key to our public health and mental well-being, and vital in the fight against climate change and mass extinction. The goal of this session is to discuss and promote sound models of rewilding, in order to reach and maintain a favourable level of health for habitats and species. Can we bring back natural processes while promoting socio-economic development and supporting rural communities? In this session, we share experiences with rewilding projects, and look at possible funding and income-generating mechanisms that contribute to healthy, life-supporting landscapes and rural development.

10:15-11:00
The Borneo Project

Humanity’s destruction of biodiversity creates the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge. Our lives depend on protecting our forests – not only to prevent future pandemics but also to reverse the impacts of catastrophic climate change. Indigenous communities in Sarawak are hard at work applying local solutions to these immense global challenges by protecting some of the richest tropical rainforests on earth. In this session, learn from grassroots leaders about what Indigenous-managed forest protection looks like on the ground: from investing in village-led research, mapping and forest management, to cancelling the construction of the second largest mega-dam of its kind in the world.

12:00-12:30
The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

As we proceed through the 21st century and confront today’s biodiversity crisis, we on one hand realize how intertwined our well-being is with our biodiversity and ecosystem health, and on the other hand, we find ourselves immersed in a globalized urban cultural dimension detached from our roots.

As young leaders, we recognise our part in the intergenerational effort to develop a society that nurtures a culture of living in harmony with nature. But how do young people in a highly digitalized world connect with nature? How do we reconnect back to our roots, and create a world in harmony with nature? This Youth Daily Show will present two young experts sharing their views on the topic.

A constellation of independently organized local chapters launched today to galvanize community-led action for more sustainable landscapes. This global movement, known as GLFx, will catalyse and scale up local landscape actions by the indigenous people, and as well build local capacity with the knowledge, connections and technologies they need to take the future of the landscapes they inhabit in their hands.

The initiative offers members access to leading scientists, the virtual library of the (GLF) and inspiring events organized near them. Members will also benefit from support of their local chapter coordinators and GLF partners to turn their ideas into practical solutions.

There is a growing global movement of people committed to transforming the relationship between humans and nature. The number and quality of GLFx proposals to advance healthier, more productive and more resilient landscapes are testament to that.

GLFx chapters represent a broad range of objectives, types of expertise, generations and regions, including Veracruz (Mexico), Nairobi (Kenya), Lilongwe (Malawi) and Xingu (Brazil). The all-women Veracruz team, for example, has come together to inspire indigenous communities in Los Tuxtlas reef system to adopt sustainable fishing practices. That would allow them to establish a community-based marine reserve and protect fish stocks, which are a cornerstone of their livelihoods.

12:45-14:15
World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

This session will highlight the need for recognition of the contributions of mixed, diverse agricultural/agrarian landscapes – not only to biodiversity conservation, but also to the development of more resilient food systems to respond to challenges like those that the world is currently facing. Global policies, such as those of the CBD, have conventionally seen agriculture as a threat to biodiversity. Hence, responses have often focused on promoting the protection of natural ecosystems by concentrating efforts on preventing further expansion of agriculture. We argue that the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will be seriously flawed if it fails to tackle the effect of food systems and agriculture on biodiversity, or fails to bring farmers into the alliance towards biodiversity conservation and sustainable production. ICRAF and GIZ are the main organizing partners for this session. The CBD Secretariat, IUCN, national representatives, a representative of the private sector and a farmers’ representative will also participate.

Sustainable District Association (LTKL)

This session will discuss how jurisdictions with sustainability commitments can restore biodiversity and ecosystem values through a nature-based economy that enhances the value of local sustainable products and services sourced from healthy ecological areas. Representatives from government, civil society, community and the private sector will discuss progress in building a nature-based economy through jurisdictional approaches at the district level in Indonesia. To harness global support for LTKL member districts, the panel brings perspectives from partners working in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Insights from this panel will inform other jurisdictions embarking on similar journeys. The session will close by launching the first LTKL jurisdictional profile for Sintang district.

  • Eka Chandra Buana

    Director for Macro Planning and Statistical Analysis, Indonesia Ministry of National Development Planning

  • Musrahmad

    Founder, ExploreSiak

  • Amy Duchelle

    Senior Scientist in the Climate Change, Energy & Low Carbon Development Team , CIFOR

  • Jarot Winarno

    Head of District Government Sintang in West Kalimantan , Province of Indonesia

  • Nurdiana Darus

    Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Unilever Indonesia

  • Sanjiv Louis

    Investment Director for SE Asia, Sail Ventures

Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) with COMIFAC, European Union, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Biopama, IUCN, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), UCL (Louvain), FMR

Since 2007, the Central African Forest Observatory (OFAC) has been working to create information networks, establish analytical and communication tools, and produce flagship regional publications to provide reliable, relevant and accessible data on the state of Central Africa’s forests.

The session will interactively present the different tools available for policymakers, researchers, NGOs, donors, private sector and students working in the region to obtain information related to biodiversity and forest management.

Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) with COMIFAC, European Union, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Biopama, IUCN, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), UCL (Louvain), FMR

Depuis 2007, l’Observatoire des forêts d’Afrique centrale (OFAC) agit pour créer des réseaux d’information, mettre en place des outils d’analyse et de communication, et produire des publications régionales pour fournir des données fiables, pertinentes et accessibles sur l’état des forêts d’Afrique centrale.

La session présentera de manière interactive les différents outils disponibles pour les décideurs, les chercheurs, les ONG, les bailleurs, le secteur privé et les étudiants engagés dans la région pour obtenir des informations relatives à la biodiversité et à la gestion des forêts.

14:30-15:00
The Global EverGreening Alliance

More than ever, we are realizing how interconnected we are. Public health, biodiversity, and ecosystem restoration are interconnected. Biodiversity underpins life on Earth; it protects our health and wellbeing and it is up to us to restore it.

Ambitious actions are necessary to combat the climate crisis, but these targets can only be achieved through massive-scale collaboration. The Global EverGreening Alliance is launching a cloud-based Monitoring Platform that tracks the progress and impact of multiple land restoration efforts in near real-time.

The Platform is placing communities and local realities at the center of restoration, illustrating the interdependent relationship between productive ecosystems and resilient communities.

The Platform’s data will provide critical and essential information for effective policy-making, training, and capacity-building opportunities for a larger-scale impact on the ground. Access to these insights will also further demonstrate why investing in Nature Based Solutions is a triple win for the planet, its people, and our economies.

  • Chris Armitage

    CEO, Global EverGreening Alliance

  • Fred Stolle

    Deputy Director, Forests Program, World Resources Institute (WRI)

  • Winfrida J. Kipondya

    Monitoring, Evaluation Evidence and learning Coordinator, Care Tanzania

  • Talia Liney

    Monitoring and data systems, Global Evergreening Alliance

Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

The Amazon, the Earth’s largest and most diverse rainforest, biodiversity hotspot and home to many indigenous communities, is on fire. The majority of these fires are not wildfires – they are ignited and can often be traced back to illegal forest clearing to create land for monocultures and support the increasing demand for commodities such as soy, coffee, cocoa and palm oil. Fires are just one of the impacts that monocultures have on the Amazons. During this Youth Daily Show, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative discusses with young experts from the Latin America Region the impacts of monocultures on the health of the local ecosystem and its biodiversity, as well as the health and food security of local communities.

15:15-16:45
Climate Focus

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) aims to halt natural forest loss by 2030, contributing to climate, biodiversity, and sustainable development goals. The session will cover the findings of the 2020 NYDF Assessment on extractive industries and infrastructure. A panel discussion will address the urgent need for transforming approaches to planning and implementing large-scale development projects and the role of forests and the NYDF post-2020. The discussion will focus on promoting transparency and accountability in mining and infrastructure sectors; safeguarding Indigenous peoples’ rights; building incentives for responsible sourcing; and reshaping the NYDF and international commitments.

Resilient Landscapes

Agriculture accounts for 70% of the projected loss of terrestrial biodiversity. We use 40% of Earth’s land surface to produce food, making it the single largest cause of deforestation, habitat and biodiversity loss. Yet with the world’s population rising, we will need to double food production by 2050. Given the arable land available, current “business as usual” models are insufficient. Using a never-before-seen case study, this session will show how cutting-edge science can empower agribusiness supply chains to conserve forests and biodiversity. The panel will feature government, academia, private sector and civil society voices working together across a landscape.

17:00-17:45
Nia Tero

Indigenous peoples are the time-immemorial guardians of many of the world’s remaining biodiversity-rich landscapes – and of the spirituality, values and worldviews embedded in these physical spaces. As human encroachments threaten Indigenous ways of life and connection to land, the world urgently needs to find ways to support this guardianship to help ensure the health of the planet and diversity of species. This interactive plenary will amplify the voices of Indigenous guardians, and will provide a platform for civil society groups, the private sector, policy-makers, local authorities and youth to discuss and explore processes that draw from Indigenous peoples and local communities’ knowledge to generate scalable solutions to contemporary challenges. These solutions will be rooted in reciprocity, will help to achieve human and ecological well-being, and will promote just and sustainable decision-making that restores harmony between people and nature.

17:45-18:30
Global Landscapes Forum

Two days of dialogue and debate will compel participants to get ready for a strong call to global action. But what is the action most urgently needed? So many of us are pleading for transformative change – but what does this actually require? Knowledgeable panellists will discuss the need for a fundamental, system-wide change across technological, economic and social factors, including changing paradigms, goals and values. To achieve such transformative change, we must move away from looking at biodiversity as a production factor towards seeing it as an integral part of life, without which we cannot survive. Moving from an economy of exploitation to an economy of restoration will require individual and collective behavioural change. Participants will actively join the discussion, and contribute to the transformative change which we will initiate here.

Bonn: UTC/GMT +1

28 October 2020

07:30-08:00
Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

Agriculture is the main income source for most rural households in Asia and the Pacific region. However, the increasing biodiversity loss due to climate change represents a huge threat to people’s livelihoods, the consequences of which could be even more dangerous than the COVID-19 pandemic. To promote youth engagement in biodiversity protection toward achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, this Youth Daily Show – led by Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) in collaboration with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) – will explore what young Indigenous people working in agriculture are doing to preserve biodiversity

09:00-10:30
CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) with FAO

Biodiversity is already a well-recognized element of sustainable forest management (SFM). The role of forests in maintaining biodiversity is also explicitly recognized by the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030. The purpose of this session is to discuss the state of mainstreaming biodiversity in the forest sector, take stock of existing concepts and tools for integrating biodiversity in forest management and make recommendations for future actions. The results of the discussion will inform the FTA’s research as well as preparatory work towards the implementation of FAO’s Strategy on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors.

The International Livestock Research Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the power zoonoses have to disrupt our economies, public health and food systems. In response to this, One Health has grown as an approach for addressing the current inadequacies in responses to such global health crises, as well as playing an important role in addressing and mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. This panel will highlight why those promoting a landscape approach should pay greater attention to landscape health and its relationship with animal (livestock and wildlife) and human health, as part of an integrated One Health approach. If landscape policies and investments continue to be made without taking into account a One Health lens, they will miss opportunities to contribute to addressing the biggest challenges of our time.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The zoonotic origins of COVID 19 and countries’ reactions to the pandemic raise important questions about the future of protected areas. First, does the threat of virus spillover events after all call for a stricter separation of nature and people despite all justified criticism of fortress conservation approaches? Second, how can conservation funding cope with dumps in international wildlife tourism? We will discuss these questions in the format of a digital roundtable with experts in protected areas from different backgrounds. We will include practical examples of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on protected areas and aim to provide policy-oriented conclusions that could feed into the protected areas work at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress and CBD COP 15.

10:45-12:15
WWF

The triple challenge is the imperative to simultaneously deliver a stable climate, recovering biodiversity and healthy food for 10 billion people by 2050. Building on discussions at the GLF Bonn in June, this event advances thinking on the concept further, and explores the implications through a deep dive into the case of the Greater Virunga Landscape. In the Virunga landscape this triple challenge looms large, as does the risk of disease transmission between both wildlife and humans, making the One Health approach essential. The discussion will combine speakers from the landscape with external experts and the audience to explore how to negotiate and balance these challenges.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

The environment, climate change, biodiversity, health, the economy – we face multiple crises. Deforestation and ecosystem degradation have not lost their momentum – we are losing biodiversity fast, reducing our ability to use land-based solutions. Mono-causal solutions have not worked for these interconnected problems. This interactive and informative session will invite the audience to learn and explore, with experts from science and indigenous peoples, how to deliver a green, just recovery: How are biodiversity and climate change linked? How can rights-based approaches protect and fully restore ecological functionality? Which policy processes and finances are needed? Where are the priorities?

12:30-13:00
Global Youth Biodiversity Network with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

Years from now, historians will be discussing the reality we are living and the tomorrow we are defining. What will they call this age? The age of climate denial, the age of biodiversity loss or could it possible be the age of collective action? In a critical moment for the planet and all its peoples, the IPBES 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, suggest that we all get on the train of Transformative Change – a profound, fundamental, system-wide and strategic change in discourses, actions, values and policy. 

During this Youth Daily Show, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network joins the Youth in Landscapes Initiative to unpack the concept of Transformative Change and explore what WE can do, for all economic, technological, and social activities to nourish the planet, not degrade it.

15:00-15:45
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Aware of the critical state of degradation of ecosystems worldwide, on 1 March 2019, under Resolution 73/284, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021 – 2030 to be the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The resolution calls for supporting and scaling up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of ecosystem restoration. UNEP and FAO are the lead implementing UN agencies of the Decade and therefore, to support its implementation, a Task Force on Best Practices (TF) has been established involving a group of 85 individuals from 32 global leading organizations in the field of knowledge capitalization and dissemination. Led by FAO, this group is in charge of setting the ground for future efforts on knowledge capitalization and dissemination as well as the identification of new knowledge products, proposing an action plan for scientific research over the course of the Decade.

16:00-17:30
Sustainable Wildlife Management with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

The session will launch the White Paper and Policy Brief “Build Back Better in a post-COVID world – Reducing future wildlife-borne spillover of disease to humans” produced by the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme. Presenters will discuss alternative strategies to tackle the drivers of zoonotic disease emergence and their spread along wildlife value chains. They will emphasize the need to consider and involve the millions of citizens, communities and Indigenous People who rely on wildlife for food, income and cultural identity. Discussions will focus on how to encourage policy dialogue and coordinated targeted investments to prevent, detect and respond to future pandemics.

  • Philippe Mayaux, Head of sector Biodiversity and ecosystem services – Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) – European Commission 
  • Michelle Edgardine Ngwapaza, Deputy General Director and National focal point for the SWM Programme in Gabon – Wildlife and Protected Areas General Directorate (DGFAP), Ministry of waters, forests, sea and environment, in charge of Climate Plan and Land Use Plan – Republic of Gabon (Central Africa) 
  • Nickolas Fredericks, Current Toshao (indigenous village chief) for Shulinab village. Current chairman of the National Toshaos Council, the highest representative body for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana 
  • Nathalie van Vliet, Associate researcher – Site Coordinator SWM Programme Guyana – CIFOR 
  • Amanda Fine, Associate Director, Wildlife Health Programme WCS 
  • Marisa Peyre, Deputy Head ASTRE research unit – CIRAD 
  • Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer and Leader of the Animal Health Programme at FAO Director of the Joint Centre for Zoonoses and Anti-Microbial Resistance (CJWZ) 
Global Crop Diversity Trust

Our global food systems depend on agrobiodiversity – that is, the vast diversity of crops, trees and livestock that underpins our entire agricultural system, make it less vulnerable to pests and diseases, and contribute to landscape restoration and resilience in the midst of the climate crisis. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2.5, we have pledged to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of all our agrobiodiversity by 2020. However, even though we have made significant strides towards hitting the target, we are still far from implementation.

Global Peatlands Initiative with UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

This session will take you on a two-part peatlands journey to some of the most rare, remote and unique places in the world. Many peatlands offer a safe haven for rare and threatened biodiversity – from the orangutan of Indonesia to the golden sphagnum moss of Northern Ireland. Transport yourself to the remote forested swamps of the Congo Basin and then onward to the tip of the South American continent. Peatlands also offer vital stopping-off points for migratory species – connecting species to special places across the globe. Peatlands can also be carbon-packed micro-rainforests that house bizarre creatures and tales of the past. UNEP invites you to discover why peatlands are a critical habitat for biodiversity and what they offer to our climate and our health. This world tour will provide examples and share experiences and strategies, while highlighting the important role that partnerships can play in safeguarding biodiversity.

17:45-19:15
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Nature Fund

To implement the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, a major challenge will be to customize and redesign financial instruments to ensure that investment plans are evaluated for their potential risk to nature, or to create incentives for biodiversity-friendly investment into value chains. The session will bring together expert practitioners from the public and private sectors in multiple continents to discuss existing approaches in the field of financial instruments, good practices and lessons learned, as well as how to bring successful approaches to scale and how to link COVID-19 response measures to financing for a biodiversity-friendly future.

World Bank

Human and animal health are interdependent and are bound to the ecosystems that have deteriorated due to human activity. A “One Health” approach addresses human, animal and environmental health together, but while there are tools to assess capacity for addressing human and animal health, there is no such standard for environmental health. The World Bank (WB) is working to develop such a tool, and will share the beta version and results from testing it in Liberia. The session will also cover ways to mobilize resources at scale for biodiversity and nature-based solutions, gleaned from the WB’s new paper “Finance for Nature”. The WB’s COVID-19 response, which includes supporting local communities via quick, labor-intensive livelihood support in fisheries, forestry, and ecotourism, will also be discussed, and its biodiversity-focused Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program will be introduced and explored.

29 October 2020

08:30-10:00
World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Environment Facility (GEF), WWF, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), The International Livestock Research Institute, Somos Territorio ABC, Wajari, Department of Wildlife Protection Leh

Rangelands (grassland, savannahs and silvo-pastoral systems) in dry areas and mountains account for the largest global restoration opportunities for ecosystems, human and environmental health, and economic growth.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Integrated landscape approaches feature prominently in recent UN conventions as promoted strategies to address inter-connected social, political, economic and environmental challenges in tropical frontier landscapes. However, evidence of their effectiveness remains poorly researched, reported and understood. This session will address this gap through a book launch that showcases COLANDS initiatives that are implementing integrated landscape approaches in Ghana, Zambia, and Indonesia. Speakers will share their experiences of conceptualizing, designing and implementing landscape approaches, including: why biodiversity needs to be integrated within landscape approaches, how better governance can be achieved, what evaluation approaches are appropriate and how to bridge sectorial, disciplinary and knowledge system divides.

09:15-10:00

Journey to Malaysian Borneo with The Borneo Project to learn about the rare wildlife of this unique island and see how local communities are involved in documenting and maintaining forest health! Join Fi, Bryan, Shahnaz, and Jettie on an exploration of the rainforests of the Baram River Basin to learn about a community-led project to document the endemic species of this ecosystem. This extraordinary, remote land is home to the Orang Ulu, which roughly means “people of the interior”, a term that includes many different indigenous groups. Together we will discuss how community-led forest protection is an essential tool in maintaining biodiversity, and we will even see some of the rare species that have evolved to suit this particular climate. It’s everything you could want from an exotic eco-tour, minus the mosquitos and humidity!

10:15-11:45
ICIMOD

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region extends across eight countries from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east, crossing Pakistan, India, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. It is a globally important resource – biologically and culturally rich, it provides ecosystem goods and services to a quarter of the world’s population. The HKH is the Pulse of the Planet – what happens here affects the rest of the world. This session will explain why the HKH is the Pulse of the Planet and the need to reinforce positive relations between biodiversity, landscapes, culture and health in a post-COVID ‘new normal’.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

The new CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will build on a theory of change aiming for transformative shifts and involving the whole of society. Landscape-based initiatives and approaches across the globe have evidenced the potential contribution of non-state actors in achieving global goals. Landscape governance arrangements are complementary to existing CBD approaches, and align with the GBF objectives. This session will highlight and discuss the role of landscape approaches and arrangements undertaken by non-state actors to support the GBF, discuss how policies could support this and illustrate the potential for area-based non-state actor GBF commitments and verification.

True Nature Foundation

Rewilding is a new, (pro)active approach to biodiversity conservation. Restoring ecosystems is key to our public health and mental well-being, and vital in the fight against climate change and mass extinction. The goal of this session is to discuss and promote sound models of rewilding, in order to reach and maintain a favourable level of health for habitats and species. Can we bring back natural processes while promoting socio-economic development and supporting rural communities? In this session, we share experiences with rewilding projects, and look at possible funding and income-generating mechanisms that contribute to healthy, life-supporting landscapes and rural development.

10:15-11:00
The Borneo Project

Humanity’s destruction of biodiversity creates the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge. Our lives depend on protecting our forests – not only to prevent future pandemics but also to reverse the impacts of catastrophic climate change. Indigenous communities in Sarawak are hard at work applying local solutions to these immense global challenges by protecting some of the richest tropical rainforests on earth. In this session, learn from grassroots leaders about what Indigenous-managed forest protection looks like on the ground: from investing in village-led research, mapping and forest management, to cancelling the construction of the second largest mega-dam of its kind in the world.

12:00-12:30
The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

As we proceed through the 21st century and confront today’s biodiversity crisis, we on one hand realize how intertwined our well-being is with our biodiversity and ecosystem health, and on the other hand, we find ourselves immersed in a globalized urban cultural dimension detached from our roots.

As young leaders, we recognise our part in the intergenerational effort to develop a society that nurtures a culture of living in harmony with nature. But how do young people in a highly digitalized world connect with nature? How do we reconnect back to our roots, and create a world in harmony with nature? This Youth Daily Show will present two young experts sharing their views on the topic.

A constellation of independently organized local chapters launched today to galvanize community-led action for more sustainable landscapes. This global movement, known as GLFx, will catalyse and scale up local landscape actions by the indigenous people, and as well build local capacity with the knowledge, connections and technologies they need to take the future of the landscapes they inhabit in their hands.

The initiative offers members access to leading scientists, the virtual library of the (GLF) and inspiring events organized near them. Members will also benefit from support of their local chapter coordinators and GLF partners to turn their ideas into practical solutions.

There is a growing global movement of people committed to transforming the relationship between humans and nature. The number and quality of GLFx proposals to advance healthier, more productive and more resilient landscapes are testament to that.

GLFx chapters represent a broad range of objectives, types of expertise, generations and regions, including Veracruz (Mexico), Nairobi (Kenya), Lilongwe (Malawi) and Xingu (Brazil). The all-women Veracruz team, for example, has come together to inspire indigenous communities in Los Tuxtlas reef system to adopt sustainable fishing practices. That would allow them to establish a community-based marine reserve and protect fish stocks, which are a cornerstone of their livelihoods.

12:45-14:15
World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

This session will highlight the need for recognition of the contributions of mixed, diverse agricultural/agrarian landscapes – not only to biodiversity conservation, but also to the development of more resilient food systems to respond to challenges like those that the world is currently facing. Global policies, such as those of the CBD, have conventionally seen agriculture as a threat to biodiversity. Hence, responses have often focused on promoting the protection of natural ecosystems by concentrating efforts on preventing further expansion of agriculture. We argue that the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will be seriously flawed if it fails to tackle the effect of food systems and agriculture on biodiversity, or fails to bring farmers into the alliance towards biodiversity conservation and sustainable production. ICRAF and GIZ are the main organizing partners for this session. The CBD Secretariat, IUCN, national representatives, a representative of the private sector and a farmers’ representative will also participate.

Sustainable District Association (LTKL)

This session will discuss how jurisdictions with sustainability commitments can restore biodiversity and ecosystem values through a nature-based economy that enhances the value of local sustainable products and services sourced from healthy ecological areas. Representatives from government, civil society, community and the private sector will discuss progress in building a nature-based economy through jurisdictional approaches at the district level in Indonesia. To harness global support for LTKL member districts, the panel brings perspectives from partners working in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Insights from this panel will inform other jurisdictions embarking on similar journeys. The session will close by launching the first LTKL jurisdictional profile for Sintang district.

Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) with COMIFAC, European Union, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Biopama, IUCN, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), UCL (Louvain), FMR

Since 2007, the Central African Forest Observatory (OFAC) has been working to create information networks, establish analytical and communication tools, and produce flagship regional publications to provide reliable, relevant and accessible data on the state of Central Africa’s forests.

The session will interactively present the different tools available for policymakers, researchers, NGOs, donors, private sector and students working in the region to obtain information related to biodiversity and forest management.

Central Africa Forest Observatory (OFAC) with COMIFAC, European Union, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Biopama, IUCN, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), UCL (Louvain), FMR

Depuis 2007, l’Observatoire des forêts d’Afrique centrale (OFAC) agit pour créer des réseaux d’information, mettre en place des outils d’analyse et de communication, et produire des publications régionales pour fournir des données fiables, pertinentes et accessibles sur l’état des forêts d’Afrique centrale.

La session présentera de manière interactive les différents outils disponibles pour les décideurs, les chercheurs, les ONG, les bailleurs, le secteur privé et les étudiants engagés dans la région pour obtenir des informations relatives à la biodiversité et à la gestion des forêts.

14:30-15:00
Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

The Amazon, the Earth’s largest and most diverse rainforest, biodiversity hotspot and home to many indigenous communities, is on fire. The majority of these fires are not wildfires – they are ignited and can often be traced back to illegal forest clearing to create land for monocultures and support the increasing demand for commodities such as soy, coffee, cocoa and palm oil. Fires are just one of the impacts that monocultures have on the Amazons. During this Youth Daily Show, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative discusses with young experts from the Latin America Region the impacts of monocultures on the health of the local ecosystem and its biodiversity, as well as the health and food security of local communities.

15:15-16:45
Climate Focus

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) aims to halt natural forest loss by 2030, contributing to climate, biodiversity, and sustainable development goals. The session will cover the findings of the 2020 NYDF Assessment on extractive industries and infrastructure. A panel discussion will address the urgent need for transforming approaches to planning and implementing large-scale development projects and the role of forests and the NYDF post-2020. The discussion will focus on promoting transparency and accountability in mining and infrastructure sectors; safeguarding Indigenous peoples’ rights; building incentives for responsible sourcing; and reshaping the NYDF and international commitments.

Resilient Landscapes

Agriculture accounts for 70% of the projected loss of terrestrial biodiversity. We use 40% of Earth’s land surface to produce food, making it the single largest cause of deforestation, habitat and biodiversity loss. Yet with the world’s population rising, we will need to double food production by 2050. Given the arable land available, current “business as usual” models are insufficient. Using a never-before-seen case study, this session will show how cutting-edge science can empower agribusiness supply chains to conserve forests and biodiversity. The panel will feature government, academia, private sector and civil society voices working together across a landscape.

Bonn: UTC/GMT +1

28 October 2020

13:15-14:00
Global Landscapes Forum

The variety of life on Earth is being lost at an unprecedented rate. Now more than ever, the health of our planet requires us to recognize our complex, interdependent relationships with nature. During this opening plenary, keynote speakers will interact with the online community to frame the wicked problems of biodiversity loss alongside land degradation, climate change and the emergence of zoonotic pandemics. We kick off the conference with a call for a One Health approach, spotlighting the essential role of biodiversity and setting the scene for building back better.

14:00-14:45
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

This participatory plenary will be framed around the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the Paris climate goals and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, all of which call on the global community to ‘bend the curve’ on these critical issues. Key global policy makers, scientists as well as business and community leaders will inform the audience about plans in place for the new decade, and engage in critical discussion. Through constructive debate, we will explore how the new policy frameworks can spark a vivid societal dialogue, consolidate next steps and pave the way for direct global action from individuals, civil society, local authorities and the global business community.

19:30-20:15
Global Landscapes Forum

Agricultural supply chains are the leading driver of deforestation globally, contributing to the depletion of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. This plenary will discuss the interrelation between finance for biodiversity and sustainable land use, healthy landscapes and sustainable, inclusive value chains. The debate will place smallholders at the heart of the discussion, while exploring the innovative financial instruments that are needed to spark a bio-economy, grounded in the rights and expertise of local communities.

20:15-21:00
Crop Trust

This interactive plenary will demonstrate why agrobiodiversity is essential to ensure food and nutrition security for the current and future global population. The greater the diversity, the more resilient the system: it protects crops and livestock from pests and diseases, and it can weather diverse shocks. Indigenous and local food systems have shown to be rich in agrobiodiversity, but many of these are on the brink of disappearance. How can we take inspiration from indigenous and local biocultural practices that have been proven to be effective? How can Indigenous and local community rights be better protected and/or recovered, in order to safeguard effective local practices and protect them from disappearance?

21:00-21:45

In Latin America, multiple drivers are putting pressure on biodiversity and natural ecosystems. This plenary will build on the issues raised in the ‘Financing Diversity’ plenary to shed light on opportunities and challenges to sustainable climate finance in the Amazon basin and the Latin American region at large. The debate will speak to financial innovations at the intersection of biodiversity and climate action and explore the initiatives and instruments needed to achieve a bio-economy that is truly based on nature’s richness, is gender–inclusive, and is grounded in the rights and expertise of Indigenous Peoples.

The two-part discussion will primarily be held in Portuguese and Spanish, with English translation.

29 October 2020

17:00-17:45
Nia Tero

Indigenous peoples are the time-immemorial guardians of many of the world’s remaining biodiversity-rich landscapes – and of the spirituality, values and worldviews embedded in these physical spaces. As human encroachments threaten Indigenous ways of life and connection to land, the world urgently needs to find ways to support this guardianship to help ensure the health of the planet and diversity of species. This interactive plenary will amplify the voices of Indigenous guardians, and will provide a platform for civil society groups, the private sector, policy-makers, local authorities and youth to discuss and explore processes that draw from Indigenous peoples and local communities’ knowledge to generate scalable solutions to contemporary challenges. These solutions will be rooted in reciprocity, will help to achieve human and ecological well-being, and will promote just and sustainable decision-making that restores harmony between people and nature.

17:45-18:30
Global Landscapes Forum

Two days of dialogue and debate will compel participants to get ready for a strong call to global action. But what is the action most urgently needed? So many of us are pleading for transformative change – but what does this actually require? Knowledgeable panellists will discuss the need for a fundamental, system-wide change across technological, economic and social factors, including changing paradigms, goals and values. To achieve such transformative change, we must move away from looking at biodiversity as a production factor towards seeing it as an integral part of life, without which we cannot survive. Moving from an economy of exploitation to an economy of restoration will require individual and collective behavioural change. Participants will actively join the discussion, and contribute to the transformative change which we will initiate here.

Bonn: UTC/GMT +1

28 October 2020

12:30-13:00
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The 252nd edition of international forestry journal Unasylva, “Restoring the Earth: the next decade”, is devoted to building momentum for the restoration agenda to 2030, particularly in light of the opportunities presented by major restoration commitments such as the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, AFR100, Initiative 20×20 and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

The Unasylva journal, established in 1947, is the FAO’s longest-running periodical. It aims to bring globally-significant developments in forestry to a broad range of readers, and features contributors from across the planet and from a range of sectors and institutions.

At the launch of Unasylva 252, panelists from civil society, international organizations and national governments will share stories of the participatory process that lead to the edition’s creation; highlight important findings of the edition; raise awareness around the opportunities associated with restoration and the UN Decade; and emphasize the vibrancy of restoration efforts at the global level.

29 October 2020

14:30-15:00
The Global EverGreening Alliance

More than ever, we are realizing how interconnected we are. Public health, biodiversity, and ecosystem restoration are interconnected. Biodiversity underpins life on Earth; it protects our health and wellbeing and it is up to us to restore it.

Ambitious actions are necessary to combat the climate crisis, but these targets can only be achieved through massive-scale collaboration. The Global EverGreening Alliance is launching a cloud-based Monitoring Platform that tracks the progress and impact of multiple land restoration efforts in near real-time.

The Platform is placing communities and local realities at the center of restoration, illustrating the interdependent relationship between productive ecosystems and resilient communities.

The Platform’s data will provide critical and essential information for effective policy-making, training, and capacity-building opportunities for a larger-scale impact on the ground. Access to these insights will also further demonstrate why investing in Nature Based Solutions is a triple win for the planet, its people, and our economies.

07:30-08:00
Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

Agriculture is the main income source for most rural households in Asia and the Pacific region. However, the increasing biodiversity loss due to climate change represents a huge threat to people’s livelihoods, the consequences of which could be even more dangerous than the COVID-19 pandemic. To promote youth engagement in biodiversity protection toward achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, this Youth Daily Show – led by Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) in collaboration with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) – will explore what young Indigenous people working in agriculture are doing to preserve biodiversity

12:30-13:00
Global Youth Biodiversity Network with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

Years from now, historians will be discussing the reality we are living and the tomorrow we are defining. What will they call this age? The age of climate denial, the age of biodiversity loss or could it possible be the age of collective action? In a critical moment for the planet and all its peoples, the IPBES 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, suggest that we all get on the train of Transformative Change – a profound, fundamental, system-wide and strategic change in discourses, actions, values and policy. 

During this Youth Daily Show, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network joins the Youth in Landscapes Initiative to unpack the concept of Transformative Change and explore what WE can do, for all economic, technological, and social activities to nourish the planet, not degrade it.

12:00-12:30
The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) with Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

As we proceed through the 21st century and confront today’s biodiversity crisis, we on one hand realize how intertwined our well-being is with our biodiversity and ecosystem health, and on the other hand, we find ourselves immersed in a globalized urban cultural dimension detached from our roots.

As young leaders, we recognise our part in the intergenerational effort to develop a society that nurtures a culture of living in harmony with nature. But how do young people in a highly digitalized world connect with nature? How do we reconnect back to our roots, and create a world in harmony with nature? This Youth Daily Show will present two young experts sharing their views on the topic.

14:30-15:00
Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)

The Amazon, the Earth’s largest and most diverse rainforest, biodiversity hotspot and home to many indigenous communities, is on fire. The majority of these fires are not wildfires – they are ignited and can often be traced back to illegal forest clearing to create land for monocultures and support the increasing demand for commodities such as soy, coffee, cocoa and palm oil. Fires are just one of the impacts that monocultures have on the Amazons. During this Youth Daily Show, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative discusses with young experts from the Latin America Region the impacts of monocultures on the health of the local ecosystem and its biodiversity, as well as the health and food security of local communities.

Bonn: UTC/GMT +1

Facilitated networking sessions will connect you with people across the globe. Meet a new person every five minutes! The networking moderator will provide you with the information you can use to develop your questions, in order to make the most of your networking time.

Weekly interactive meetings

As part of the program, four weekly interactive sessions  will take place prior to the digital conference, each at around 14:00 CEST. 

During the sessions, participants will have the chance to share knowledge, expertise, and ideas. Through digital collaboration with peers; networking sessions; inspiring talks; and skills-based training sessions, participants will go on a journey of discovery about biocultural diversity in landscapes, climate action, biodiversity and finance, and nature-based solutions.

Participants who join at least three of the four interactive sessions will receive a free certificate of course completion, and free access to the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference.

 

AGENDA

UTC/GMT +2
18 September
14:00
Welcome on board!
Our journey is finally beginning! During the first meeting, we will have a chance to get to know each other – and share our expectations for the learning journey – through facilitated networking activities. We will also provide a short introduction to the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), Youth in Landscapes (YIL), and the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), as well as to the overall program.
 
22 September
14:00
Biocultural diversity in landscapes

Biological and cultural diversity are key features of all of our landscapes. Biodiversity contributes to our lives not only in practical, physical and functional ways, but also in cultural and spiritual ones. In this interactive meeting, we will explore some of the diversity in perspectives on, and relationships with, nature. We will consider the interlinkages between biological and cultural diversity within a professional context, and will also explore personal understandings and experiences of living in harmony with nature.

 
Tania Eulalia Martinez Cruz, Alisa Rai
29 September
14:00
Climate action in biodiverse landscapes

The second meeting is led by the Wageningen Centre for Development and Innovation (WCDI), as an introduction to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The session will focus on climate change, climate action and biodiverse landscapes, and it will address the impact that climate change has on biodiversity, as well as the important role that biodiversity can play in tackling the climate crises.

 
6 October
14:00
Payments for ecosystem services (PES)

What does the world of money, investments and profit have to do with the world of bees, dolphins and mangroves? During the third meeting, we will consolidate and develop our learnings from the climate and finance MOOC module, by building a deeper understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and finance, and focusing specifically on the design of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes as an important skill for any land-use practitioner.

 
13 October
14:00
Nature-based solutions (NBS)

The world is looking for holistic and efficient ways to address multiple global challenges such as biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, food and water sovereignty, as well as preventing future global pandemics. During this meeting, led by Youth 4 Nature in collaboration with YIL and GLF, we will explore how and to what extent nature-based solutions (NBS) can be utilized for the benefit of our societies and the world’s biodiversity..

 

Volunteer

Develop yourself both personally and professionally: volunteer! In a world full of ego, values such as compassion, empathy, and the simple desire to dedicate hours for a common good are often left aside.

 

When you volunteer with GLF, you’ll work with fellow leaders to promote a message that’s essential for our time – and for the next generation. We’ll be counting on you and your skills to make sure it all shakes out in the best way possible.

YOUTH DELEGATIONS AND POLICY BRIEF

On the road to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and in line with the United Nations General Assembly declaration for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030), the Youth in Landscapes Initiative has invited youth organizations from all around the world to contribute to the Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity Policy Brief. Through an intra- and inter-generational lens, this policy brief aims to bring into the global biodiversity agenda recommendations and action points for addressing the biodiversity crisis, based on knowledge co-created and shared during the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference.

BIODIVERSITY: A DIGITAL JOURNEY

80 participants from 37 countries embarked on a digital journey four weeks before the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference, following the new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Climate action in biodiverse landscapes”, and attending weekly interactive learning sessions on a range of topics. Through digital collaboration with peers, networking sessions, inspiring talks and skills-based training sessions, participants went on a journey of discovery about biocultural diversity in landscapes, climate action, biodiversity and finance, and nature-based solutions.

Do you want to learn more about these topics too? Read the outcome of each session!