CIFOR-ICRAF Science Week 2023: Equity in Action

Each year, CIFOR-ICRAF hosts a weeklong event that brings its staff worldwide together to sustain institution-wide engagement with the critical global problems the organization addresses.

For the first time, some sessions by prominent scientists and leaders from the organisation, including CIFOR-ICRAF’s new CEO Eliane Ubalijoro, are available to the public to attend virtually. This year’s theme is ‘Equity in Action’, providing a unique opportunity to learn about CIFOR-ICRAF’s commitment to equity and inclusion and how its work addresses the global challenge of inequity in all its work with and for communities, partners and governments.

The following sessions will be publicly available to stream on this page and YouTube. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about how CIFOR-ICRAF engages with equity as a moral imperative in its work, the impacts it expects and more.

Event website

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GLF Climate 2022 Photo Competition

What does climate change look like?

Every picture tells a story – and we want to see yours. We’re now accepting applications for the GLF Climate 2022 Photo Competition. Whether you’re a professional or amateur, nature or urban photographer, we’d love to see your perspective on the impacts of climate change, as well as ways we can tackle it.

Send us your best pictures on how the climate crisis is impacting your landscape – or how your local community is dealing with it. Whether it’s a story on drought, floods and other climate disasters, or how people are acting to reverse rising temperatures, we want the world to see it.

Entries will be accepted until 18 October. Finalists will be announced on 26 October and requested to send a short video message telling us the story of their picture. The winners will be announced on 11 November at GLF Climate 2022 alongside COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The best photos and short videos will be displayed at the GLF Climate Art Gallery.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!


  • Cash prizes of USD 400 (1st prize), USD 300 (2nd prize) and USD 200 (popular vote).
  • A  spread and interview in Landscape News.
  • A showcase at the GLF Climate 2022 Art Gallery.


  • The GLF Climate Photo Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or above, whether you’re a photo enthusiast or a professional photographer.
  • Photos from any country will be accepted.
  • By submitting the photo, the participant guarantees that their participation follows the rules and agrees with the terms of this competition.
  • Photos that have previously won other photographic contests will not be considered.

How to participate

  • To participate, upload your photo here.
  • Each photograph consists of a single entry. You may submit multiple entries, but you can only win a maximum of one prize.
  • The uploaded file must include the photo’s title, your name and contact information, including email address, social media handles (if applicable), a caption listing the subject and location, and a short description of the story behind the picture.
  • You must have the full copyright to the submitted photos. Therefore, by submitting your entries, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the contest rules and the terms and conditions.
  • The photograph submitted must not include a watermark, signature or caption.


All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the GLF, who will select at least 25 photos from all eligible submissions received during the competition period. Finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity (30%)
  • Photographic quality (30%)
  • Composition (30%)
  • Execution of theme (10%)

The GLF will publish the finalist entries on its online platforms. The panel of judges will choose the first and second prize winners from the finalist entries, while members of the public will be invited to vote online for their favorite entry. The photo with the most votes will receive the ‘popular vote’ award. The GLF team will ensure that the first prize, second prize and popular vote winners are all selected from different participants.


The GLF team will email all finalists in mid-October. They will be invited to share a short video message about their photo and work. The best videos will be exhibited in our art gallery at GLF Climate 2022 (more information to be announced).

Looking for inspiration? Check out the videos from the first and second prize winners of the GLF Africa 2022 Photo Competition.

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Central Asia Climate Change Conference

2020 is a critical year for the countries around the world and Central Asia in particular, to start fulfilling the promise of the Paris Agreement as well as to address the Sustainable Development Goals. As many of the elements of the Agreement are in place and already functioning, the implementation and rising ambitions to the most extent depends on proactive actions of multiple stakeholders.

This year, due to Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19), the Third Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2020) will be conducted online and take place on 19-23 October 2020. The Conference is organized under the framework of the “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for the Aral Sea Basin” (CAMP4ASB) and aims to strengthen a regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development by promoting information and knowledge exchange in Central Asia. Other objective of the Conference is to raise awareness of the countries in the region on lessons, which addressing climate change, have been learned in times of pandemic (COVID-19).

Taking into account the abovementioned, we kindly invite you to the upcoming conference. We will be grateful if you confirm your participation by clicking on the registration link no later than October 8, 2020.

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Carbon Forestry Course

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

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

For more information please follow the link or send an email to:

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Geography of Governance 2019: Visioning Probable Futures for Landscape Governance

Let’s talk about our changing landscapes. Government agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and youth organizations from Sierra Madre, Palawan, and Bukidnon-Misamis Oriental will come together for the 2nd National Environmental Dialogue on August 1-2, at Novotel, Quezon City.

This year’s dialogue strategy includes visioning exercises where participants will draw from their experiences and aspirations to plan for the futures of our landscapes. Participants will talk about drivers of change and threats to our landscapes, and envision what can still be done to adapt, and to prepare for generations ahead. Specifically, the dialogues will focus on natural resource management and devolution; water provisioning functions of landscapes; and land conversion.

Sustainable and Inclusive Landscape Governance (SILG) Philippines is a program implemented by Forest Foundation Philippines, together with Tropenbos International and several civil society organizations. SILG PH banks on opportunities that can emerge out of continuous dialogues, which can span from small intervention projects to policy reviews and advocacies.

Find out more here. 

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Blue Carbon Summit

Blue carbon is in abundance along Indonesia’s shores, stored in mangroves and seagrass meadows. It promises significant economic advantages through well-preserved fisheries and aquaculture and helps mitigate climate change, acting as a buffer against rising sea levels. Participants will exchange information and ideas at the Blue Carbon Summit, providing the basis for building a roadmap for blue carbon development.

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

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

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

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

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

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Fires, haze and health – applied research, collaborative design and prototype development

Forest and land fires, which occur on an annual basis in Indonesia, affect the entire Southeast Asian region. Such man-made disasters are detrimental to the environment and have irreversible long-term impacts on human health, undermining progress towards achieving almost all Sustainable Development Goals. Indonesia’s forest and peatland fires are estimated to cause approximately 110,000 premature deaths annually. The 2015 fires affected 43 million people and hospitalized 550,000, along with an overall economic damage assessed at US$16 billion.

Simultaneous measures must be taken to protect the most vulnerable groups (pregnant mothers, the unborn child, young children and their elderly care takers) from air pollution, whilst measures are taken to prevent wildfires.

This inaugural GLF Digital Summit is a follow up to the May 2017 Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter event in Jakarta, and the September 2017 National Policy Dialogue on Laws and Best Practices for Reducing Fire and Haze. If you missed those two events, don’t worry: this online event will bring you up to speed to dive deeper into the world of peatlands, fire, haze, health and technological interventions for all three.

Experts from diverse sectors parse different angles to explore this complex landscape problem. It is being tackled as an ecological problem, an ethnographic research exercise, a grassroots response or an international advocacy subject. These approaches, combined with technological interventions in shelter, air filtration and air quality monitoring, represent a holistic, landscape-level community of practice surrounding the globally-pressing issue of fire and haze.

Digital Summit

Date: Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 13:00 Rome (11 AM GMT, or 18:00 Jakarta time)
Duration: 2.5 hours
(Use this tool to help you convert “Rome time” to your timezone)

This digital summit is a collaborative effort: our panel of experts worked together to share their experiences and approaches, their trials and errors.

We will give ample opportunity for all digital summit participants to join into the discussion, either to share their own experiences, hints and tricks, or to ask questions to the speakers, or to the entire group.


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The Global Landscapes Forum puts communities first in addressing landscape-level issues. With science and traditional knowledge at the core, GLF events are designed not only to spark dialogue but also follow-through to impact in addressing some of the most complex and multi-stakeholder problems facing our earth and our communities. Peatlands, fire, haze and health are deeply interrelated themes, and with the launch of the Global Peatlands Initiative at the GLF in Marrakesh in 2016, the push towards best practices in these areas has emerged as a movement within the broader GLF movement.


Key questions

Landscapes/ ecological perspective – Herry (CIFOR)

Ethnographic perspective – Steve (RCA)

Human-centred design thinking (3 prototypes) – Lody (Pulse Lab)

Rapid testing of the ‘haze emergency kit’ – Nanis (Kopernik) and JP (independent) 

  • What are people’s common practices to cope with the haze? How effective are these practices? What are the challenges in adopting these practices?
  • What alternative solutions are there? Is there a cheap, easy-to-adopt risk reduction solution for indoor areas?

Grassroots response to the 2015 fires – Lina (Ranu Welum) and Wally (BRB)

  • How did we create safe spaces for communities exposed to haze?
  • What are some considerations designers and frontline (community) responders need to prepare for?

Advocacy on standards and SDGs – Richard (UNICEF) and Johan (UNE)

GLF resources:

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