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

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

Part 1: Voices from the Landscapes (30 min)

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

Part 2: Creating our Shared Future (30 min)

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

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

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


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Amplifying grassroots movements

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

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

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

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

Speakers: Pooja Munshi, Cora van Oosten, Yusuf Yahya

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Telling stories about landscapes – GLF Bonn 2018 Media Workshop

Telling stories about landscapes – Insights from media and science

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

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

Our proposal?

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

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

Terms and conditions:

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

Submit your story pitch by Wednesday, 13 December here.


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A man of fire bringing land back to life

Ethiopian community embraces restoration guided by one man’s vision

I first met Aba Hawi in 2014, at his home in a remote village in the north of Ethiopia. His story amazed me so much that I turned it into a documentary film!

His real name is Gebre-Michael, but locals call him Aba Hawi, which stands for ‘man of fire’. Over the last 30 years he has mobilized his community to completely regenerate their land.

When he first started this work his community ostracized him, as they failed to see that protecting their trees was fundamental to the continued existence of their livelihoods. They even accused him of spying for the rebel army who at that time were fighting the national government. But eventually his efforts paid off. Villages that were on the verge of collapse after years of drought and land over-use are now thriving and self-sufficient. Thanks to his conservation work, once barren hillsides are today covered with forests, cereal crops grow where previously there was only degraded soil, and most importantly, water has returned to the wells. Aba Hawi’s ability to motivate and mobilize an entire community to stay on and restore their landscape surely makes him a worthy Landscape Hero.

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A home for orangutans

The fight for an iconic animal

The Leuser Ecosystem is a biodiversity hotspot in North Sumatra, Indonesia. It is the last place on earth where you can find critically endangered Sumatran rhinos, elephants, tigers, but most importantly for Panut, Sumatran Orangutans.

Horrified by the rapid rate of deforestation in this key refuge for some of the world’s most loved creatures, Panut decided that enough was enough: it was time to be the solution.

Since the creation of the Orangutan Information Centre, Panut has replaced thousands and thousands of hectares of encroaching oil palm plantations with brand new forests, able to provide orangutans with food, habitat and locomotive pathways in just five years. Panut knew there was no long term sustainability for his projects without involving the local community.

He employed agricultural workers from the plantations to plant trees for him instead, maintaining economic growth in rural villages. This project expanded into orangutan rescue missions and relocation, community outreach programs, tackling forest crime and researching more about the forest and the impacts of his projects. Thanks to Panut, I was able to walk through his brand new forests and see evidence of baby elephants and nesting orangutans. More importantly, I could stand on the tower and look over at the ever expanding canopy with gibbons calling in the background. That’s how I knew deep in my heart that these critically endangered animals wouldn’t be at risk of extinction for much longer.

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Rehabilitating land and lives

Text: Sam Dindi

KOMB green youth group was started in in June 2017 by twenty young people who wanted to restore the banks of Nairobi River banks passing through Korogocho Area. Fredrick Okinda, the founding member of the group, says that they decided to rehabilitate that area as a way to keep themselves busy, seeking a fresh start from a life of crime, by creating a green space where they could rest and interact without fear.

Between 2010 and 2018 they lost 15 young men to mob justice, gang fights and being shot dead by police and this was more than a wakeup call that crime does not pay. The small patch they decided to rehabilitate was so heavily polluted with human fecal matter, they had to handle the waste with their bare hands.

At the same time, they faced a part of the local community that was against the the river bank rehabilitation, since they did not trust the youth-led initiative. One of the green park’s biggest successes is that the youth of Korogocho now have reasons to believe in themselves that something positive can come out of them. Police officers whom the youth once dreaded are frequent visitors to this small Eden and interact freely with the reformed youth as children play and women plait their hair without any fear.

Fredrick requests well-wishers to support the initiative by assisting them realize several self-sustaining programs like construction of toilet facilities. These would be equipped with bio-digesters to generate biogas, which can be then used for communal cooking and heating – users would pay only a small fee which could help building taller gabions along the river in Korogocho.

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