How to Participate

Generate a buzz. Network with 280 attendees who share professional interests that align with yours at the GLF Investment Case Symposium. Thousands more will engage online, so let us help you get your message out.

Fully embrace an exciting day of discussion, learning and innovation by hosting and/or attending various activities, including plenary and discussion forums, Dragons’ Den, Landscape Talks, digital summits and much more.

Invite-only centerpiece plenary sessions are also an option for inspirational organizations or individuals who want to ensure their vision is shared with a select audience. If you know an inspirational organisation or individual that would be a good candidate to share their vision please get in touch.

Absorb all you can and then brainstorm with small working groups in on site space provided on May 31.

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Knowledge Sharing on REDD+ in Vietnam

REDD+ knowledge sharing event: moving from readiness to performance-based: lessons learnt from 13 countries

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is undertaking a Global Comparative Study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (GCS‐REDD). This multi‐country study aims to generate knowledge and practical tools to support efforts to reduce forest emissions in ways that are effective, efficient and equitable and that generate co‐benefits such as poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.

Module 1 of the GCS-REDD+ project aims to understand how power and politics play out in national REDD+ policy arenas and enable or hinder the required transformational change. It analyses how national processes that formulate and implement REDD+ related policies and measures reflect diverse interests at all levels. The work is currently conducted in 14 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America including Indonesia.

Purpose and objectives of the workshop:
The overall purpose of this workshop is to enable knowledge sharing across the Vietnam REDD+ key stakeholders at the national level, representing government agencies, CSOs, private sectors, donors, academia that form part of these studies, and to identify lessons relevant for the different stakeholders.

The specific workshop objectives are:

  1. Understanding the latest developments of REDD+ in Vietnam
  2. Understanding if the introduction of REDD+ lead to transformational change, to a new mode of governance to enable the implementation of REDD+ or is it just another project? And what will this mean for effectively reduced emissions from avoided deforestation?
  3. Sharing lessons from REDD+ processes from 13 countries
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Policy Dialogue on Forest Landscape Restoration and Gender Equality


The current understanding of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) moves beyond the ecosystem-based approach of previous years and defines restoration as “a planned process to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded landscapes.” Gender equality and women’s rights are critical for addressing these dual objectives.

This workshop will bring together a wide range of stakeholders working on both FLR and the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights to learn about gender-responsive forest restoration. The workshop will generate dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of addressing gender equality in FLR, and identify contextual and empirically grounded approaches to advancing gender-responsive FLR in East African countries.


Restoration offers multiple co-benefits and an opportunity to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation activities in the forestry sector. The IUCN estimates that there are currently over two billion hectares worldwide with restoration potential. Unlocking this potential rests critically on the contributions and cooperation of a wide range of stakeholders; with particular emphasis on those who rely on these landscapes for their livelihoods—and whose rights and wellbeing must be safeguarded and promoted for restoration to be sustainable.

And while forest restoration is by no means a new idea, it has received unprecedented global attention in recent years. For instance, the Bonn Challenge was launched in 2011 as an international effort to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020. So far, 44 countries and organizations have made restoration pledges, which together amount to a combined 150.03 million hectares. Commitments made by African countries under AFR100 and the Bonn Challenge currently amount to 75.3 million hectares, of which 5.1 million hectares by 2030 are in Kenya, 15 million hectares by 2020 in Ethiopia, 2.5 million hectares in Uganda, 2 million hectares ha in Rwanda and 2 million hectares in Burundi.

The focus in East Africa is on forestland, cropland, rangeland (Kenya), afforestation, reforestation and community-based forest management (Ethiopia and Uganda), commercial tree-planting on private land (Uganda), increasing forest cover and expanding agroforestry (Rwanda) and reforestation and agroforestry on slopes (Burundi). Although Tanzania is currently in the process of formulating its commitment to AFR100, its INDC indicates actions including strengthening of sustainable forest management and tree-planting programs, the protection of natural forests and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

Why is gender-responsive FLR integral?

Past restoration initiatives that were gender blind and/or excluded women served to exacerbate gender inequalities. Women’s access to land and resources was further restricted, women’s voice and agency were undermined, and their work burden heightened (Sarin 1995, Agarwal 2001, Nightingale 2002, Sijapati Basnett 2008). There is a need for restoration initiatives to support growing efforts globally to enhance women’s rights to land, rather than ignoring or reversing the progress made so far.

Furthermore, embedding gender considerations into forest landscape restoration activities offers considerable opportunities for leveraging synergies between restoration commitments, climate change action (through the NDCs) and global commitments to sustainable development as stipulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Long-term action research carried out by CIFOR in collaboration with local communities in Uganda demonstrates that gender considerations need to be meaningfully integrated throughout the restoration assessment, planning and implementation processes; entry points for action and reform must be identified in collaboration with local stakeholders; and opportunities to strategically support women’s and men‘s participation must be seized (Mwangi et al. 2016). Similar principles form the core of IUCN’s recently launched and piloted ‘Gender-responsive Restoration Guidelines’, which lay out a number of steps for ensuring that gender considerations are meaningfully integrated in restoration assessments (IUCN 2017).

The day

This workshop brings together stakeholders ranging from policy makers and practitioners to civil society and the research community working on restoration as well as gender equality and women’s rights to present research findings, best practices as well as promote dialogue, reflections and learning on the following:

  • What are the cornerstones of gender responsive approaches to forest landscape restoration?
  • To what extent and how have current forest landscape restoration efforts in East Africa integrated gender issues? What are lessons learned from these experiences in terms of challenges, opportunities, good practices, and options for scaling up?
  • What gains/benefits does a gender-responsive approach bring to FLR? What are some possible trade-offs between restoration and gender equality?
  • How can synergies between SDG5 and global and national restoration efforts be generated and enhanced?
  • What types of support and resources are needed to enhance attention to gender among various actors designing and implementing restoration? To what extent are these resources available or how can they be generated?
  • Who are the key actors that should be involved (e.g. women’s machineries) and what roles should they play in ensuring gender is firmly embedded in the restoration agenda? How can collaboration be promoted?

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Exploring agrarian livelihoods in Tanzania

Two days of exhibitions, dialogues and film screenings at the National Museum and House of Culture in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, will explore the lives of sugarcane, tea and rice farmers and their role within the industry

Visual storytelling: Land and livelihoods in the growth corridor of Tanzania

8 November 2017

An exhibition documenting the daily life and livelihood narratives of outgrowers in Kilombero, Ihemi and Mbarali will include photographs, short films and story maps with tea, rice and sugarcane producers.

From agrarian imaginaries to agricultural futures: Elements for successful outgrower schemes and inclusive value chains within SAGCOT

9 November 2017


Key stakeholders will participate in a day of dialogue, with CIFOR sharing findings from interviews with outgrowers and company representatives from Unilever Tea Tanzania, Mtenda Kyela Rice Supply and the Kilombero Sugar Company. The forum will focus on smallholder inclusion and outgrower schemes across the different value chains, landscapes and communities represented in three priority Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) clusters. Discussions will explore successes, challenges and visions for creating a shared value between agricultural investors and small farm producers.

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This research is supported by UKAID, part of the DFID Knowfor Corporate Commitments to Sustainability sub-project.

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Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2017: As it happened

On Dec 19-20, the Global Landscapes Forum brought together 1000 attendees from 103 countries in the World Conference Center in Bonn. In total, 21,610,513 people were reached across social media and fully 51,000 people tuned in live from 114 different countries to connect, learn, share and act around our planet’s greatest climate and development challenges. Read on for videos of speeches and sessions, news and photos, as coverage and analysis continues.

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Community & Policy Perspectives on Fire & Haze

In Indonesia, forest, land and peat fires are overwhelmingly driven by economic forces, as fires are the most cost-effective means of land clearing. Illegal land transactions assist in speeding such processes, with fires an important tool in clearing land to prepare areas for plantation crops as mechanized land clearing exists, but with prohibitive costs.

There are a number of laws, regulations and policies prohibiting the use of fire and the development of plantations on peatlands, but patronage, unclear spatial plans and fragile civil society participation in decision-making hinder their effectiveness.

The fire and haze crisis in Indonesia in 2015, which produced 15% of the world’s carbon emissions that year over several weeks, caused billions of dollars in economic losses and created a public health crisis, bringing these conflicting issues to the forefront of global attention.

There is a sense of urgency among governments to address fires on the peatlands of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua. This is demonstrated by Indonesia’s ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in September 2014 and President Joko Widodo’s decision to establish the Peatlands Restoration Agency (Badan Restorasi Gambut or BRG) in January 2016.

To further obtain multi stakeholder perspectives on how the implementation of laws and best practices can reduce fires and haze, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with University of Riau, will conduct a one-day national policy dialogue to share lesson learned the role of local laws (PERDA) to strengthen national laws, among others.

This is an official partner event of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and a follow-up to the important conversations sparked at the Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands Matter thematic event held in May 2017. The platform provided a space for more than 400 peatlands stakeholders, policymakers, scientists, and private sector actors to convene in Jakarta, Indonesia with thousands joining in online livestreams and discussions. The Forum explored what it means to employ multi-stakeholder dialogues in practice, spearheading a community-first and people-centered approach to peatlands management.

Attend the National Policy Dialogue in Riau:

Event agenda and logistics here:

For more information, please contact: Meutia Isty. Email: Tel: (+62)812 9539 8851

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