GLF Kyoto will focus on how we can tackle climate change from the landscape. On May 13, experts from science, business, policy, international development and more will come join in person – and online from around the world, to focus on sustainable landscapes as one of the keys to climate mitigation and adaptation. The livestreamed talks at the Kyoto International Conference Center, complemented by a comprehensive digital edition with live discussions from five continents, will analyze on-the-ground solutions for the challenges highlighted by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and in meetings taking place alongside GLF Kyoto.
Be part of the digital edition and share your expertise in an online discussion forum or digital summit or join us in Kyoto to host a plenary panel discussion or tabletop exhibition. You can be one of the 350+ stakeholders leading the talks in Kyoto or shape the conversation online, alongside thousands tuning in from around the world.
U.N. decades are always a very powerful tool to raise awareness . . . I really believe that global restoration of degraded ecosystems is of the highest importance. We've seen more than 100 years of destruction of ecosystems, especially forests, and now it’s time to enter into 100 years of restoration.
The idea for the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was inspired by a conversation with Horst Freiberg, head of Division for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forests, Biological Diversity and Climate Change in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, at a Global Landscapes Forum meeting (GLF Bonn 2017).
I think there are many stars that are aligning now. There are popular protests for stronger climate action. There is clear understanding that if we are to stop biodiversity loss, we have to conserve what is left – stop the bleeding – but also give patient Earth, who is in the emergency ward, a blood transfusion.
As a generation of people, we have the responsibility and opportunity of restoring our severely-depleting ecology, one of the most urgent needs of the hour. Mobilization of finances, people and political class is paramount in making it a reality.
Restore ecosystems through socially inclusive processes; degraded lands by establishing a climate resilient agriculture, biodiversity friendly agroforestry; establish integration of physical, natural infrastructure.
Japan is an industrial nation, but has high forest cover; in recent past deforestation due to development led to frequent disasters; We realized how much native forests meant, started replanting trees.
We are strongly committed to REDD+.
We cannot address climate change without addressing other inequalities in communities.
Just knowing what is the total impact, especially when thinking about co-benefits, is a huge challenge.
The event will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center, Japan.
The event offers an opportunity to review the latest science, launch new initiatives and pitch innovative ideas for landscapes-based climate action. Sessions will tie U.N. climate policy processes to real action at the landscape level, exploring successful landscape approaches that support the fight against climate change and alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable. Discussions will emphasize the roles of trade, food production, investment, lifestyle and diet in a climate-smart future and may include:
- Practical approaches to implementing IPCC pathways to 1.5 degrees Celsius, focused on land-based solutions
- Restoration opportunities for accelerating climate change mitigation and adaptation action
- Innovative financial instruments to fund restoration and sustainable land use; strengthening the role of certification
- Innovative legal reforms in tenure and land-based investments that safeguard the rights of women, youth and local and indigenous peoples
- Ways of balancing food security with biodiversity and forest conservation and climate mitigation and adaptation
- Latest knowledge and instruments to measure progress toward achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement