GLF Climate Action in the Landscape at COP24

The Climate Action in the Landscape GLF will be second thematic forum to specifically focus on climate change and the interactive solutions that can be found within sustainable landscapes. The event will feature 4 sessions held throughout half a day at COP24 in Katowice and will align with the Five Pillars of the GLF: Livelihoods, Rights, Restoration, Finance, and Measuring Progress.

The event will bring together stakeholders from science and academia, civil society, indigenous peoples, practitioners and government representatives and will focus on climate action at the international and national level.
Climate Action in the Landscape will open with a High Level Plenary session reflecting on the role of land use and forests in the context of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees, to be followed by 3 consecutive Discussion Forums on topics related to:

  • Climate Action at scale through Forest Landscape Restoration: lessons learnt;
  • The role of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples (LCIP) Platform to Climate Actions in landscapes;
  • Putting into practice Article 5 of the Paris Agreement and the special role of ecosystems

For details of the GLF activities at COP24, read the Concept Note below.

Read Concept Note

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Landscape Governance

Scholarships for our international course on LANDSCAPE GOVERNANCE now available!

Always wanted to learn about integrated landscape approaches? Then this is your chance! Our famous international course on LANDSCAPE GOVERNANCE is now open for application. Scholarships are available if applied for before October 10th, so you’d better be fast!

During our two weeks programme (1-12 April 2019) we will challenge you to look at your own work from an integrative landscape perspective, learn how to build bridges between the public and the private sector, and develop innovative governance mechanisms at the landscape level.

Apply NOW, to be the first!

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Scaling up Forest Landscape Restoration commitments from local to regional level

WWF’s digital summit will feature various perspectives on how to scale up Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and increase the scale and scope of activities in Africa. Three different case studies and two government perspectives will be presented on the question: What is needed to get FLR under the scheme of the Bonn Challenge and its regional initiative AFR100 in large-scale practise and on the ground?

Valérie Ramahavalisoa, Head of the Service for watershed management at the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests of the Madagascan government and Member of the FLR national committee, and Stefan Schmitz, Head of Directorate Food, Rural Developments, Natural Resources, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany responsible for the AFR 100, will both elaborate how to scale-up restoration activities from a government / donor perspective.

The two main questions are:

  1. What is needed to boost and enable FLR implementation scale?
  2. Which political priority setting and funding schemes are needed?

We will highlight the important role of partnerships for FLR through the Trillion Trees Programme, a collaboration between three of the largest conservation organisations – WWF, BirdLife International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The New Forest Company, a Ugandan Plantations company, which is a member of the New Generations Plantations Platform will showcase the role of responsible plantations under a forest landscape restoration approach.

Finally, these perspectives will be complemented  by lessons learned that are drawn from WWF experiences on 13 years of restoration activities with communities in Madagascar’s Fandriana-Marolambo landscape as well as  Uganda’s Mityana-Bugiri landscape.  The lessons learned will touch upon important experiences on the importance of FLR for both conservation and livelihood.

We hereby invite everyone to join us in this “Digital Summit”, to better understand and discuss with all panellists on how restoration activities can be scaled up. You will have the chance to learn and ask project managers, the private sector, a government representative from a tropical forest country and a donor on their perspectives.



Keynote speaker: Stefan SchmitzHead of Directorate Food, Rural Developments, Natural Resources, Federal   Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Case study Uganda:  Martin Asiimwe – WWF Uganda, Forest and Biodiversity Program Coordinator and Patrick Mugenyi – New Forests Company Uganda, CEO (NGP Participant)

Case study Madagascar: Valérie Ramahavalisoa – Head of the Service for watershed management at the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests, National Focal Point for soil projects, and Member of the FLR national committee and Simon Rafanomezantsoa, Senior Officer, Terrestrial Biodiversity, WWF Madagascar Country Office

Case study Trillion Trees Programme (TTP) – Tim Rayden joined the TTP when it was launched at the end of 2016, and now supports the development of restoration projects across the WCS global portfolio.

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GLF Nairobi Discussion Forum Interviews

Tune in live as we follow up with the hosts of our discussion forums  to pick their brains about the sessions. With topics ranging across restoration, agroforestry, sustainable supply chains and more, you won’t want to miss out.

During this session we will be going in-depth with discussion forum hosts to get the low-down on their sessions, their concluding thoughts, key takeaways and more. Register now to get involved in the conversation and ask the hosts some questions of your own.

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Voices of the Landscape

Following the Voices of the Landscape Plenary session, we will be joined for a live discussion with the panellists to shine a light on the efforts of their communities, some of them decades-long, in restoring degraded forests and landscapes. Participants will present key achievements, factors enabling such achievement and key opportunities for landscape restoration going forward. In particular, the meaning of “success” from the perspective of communities will be probed. Discussions will also focus on measures for scaling up community initiatives within and across settings. To amplify these community voices in global policy debates, we will be talking to the panellists about their key takeaways and concluding thoughts from the plenary session.

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Land Matters! MOOC 2018

Land Matters! Integrating Soil Degradation Concerns and Solutions into Policy Processes

2018 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


About the course

Land degradation affects us all directly or indirectly: food insecurity, pests, reduced availability of clean water, increased vulnerability to climate change, biodiversity loss, and much more. However, policy often fails to acknowledge this problem, or is incapable to identify solutions.

That’s why we offer this MOOC, running from August 27th through October 15th, 2018 to help understand how to influence policy making to foster sustainable soil protection and rehabilitation.

The global programme “Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security“, implemented by GIZ for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is launching the free MOOC “Land Matters!” in cooperation with the University of Leeds – School of Earth and Environment and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Theoretical and methodological input by experts will help you to clarify specific policy objectives, the preferred modes of communication of your target group, and to identify the most suitable engagement techniques or activities.

You will have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with experts and participants and work on the topic in an international network of practitioners, scientists and policy makers. You are also encouraged to reflect on the possible application of the acquired knowledge in your own case, by developing your own case specific policy brief and feeding your conclusions back into the MOOC forum.

Specific benefits of the MOOC will be:

  • Learning through inputs, sharing of experiences, exercises and case studies.
  • Strengthening of existing networks, creation of new networks, and potential for further joint work or knowledge exchange.
  • Visibility of the topic and experiences through broad communication of the MOOC.
  • Access to a collection of material and background documents on the topic, including examples and case studies that could be further explored.
  • Support in the development of case/country specific material (e.g. policy briefs).


Who can participate?

Anyone who would like to extend and share their knowledge and experience on bringing soil protection issues into policy making.


Duration and workload

This MOOC is an 8-week program consisting of 8 modules, and it is entirely free of charge. Traditional course material such as videos, readings, and case studies will be provided together with an online learning room. The MOOC’s interactive tools will help build a vibrant learning community, focused on co-creating solutions. Participants who would like to receive a certificate should expect a workload of 3 hours per week.



Participants who successfully complete the course and develop a case specific policy brief, will receive a certificate from GIZ.



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Agricultural supply chains as a driver for forest and landscape restoration

Agricultural supply chains are responsible for over 70% of tropical deforestation, but can also be important drivers for reforestation and landscape restoration. While landscape initiatives emerge around international supply chains, sector initiatives strive to halt deforestation and reforest landscapes. But how can the sector be incentivized to invest in more sustainable landscapes? What role can certification play to achieve results on landscape level? In this panel you will be taken on a journey through West, East and Southern Africa to get to know the places and people behind landscapes and sectors in order to answer these questions.

West Africa:

In West Africa, more than 80% of the industry together with the governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have committed to halting deforestation and restore forest areas. We will hear from the Cocoa and Forests Initiative how this multi-stakeholder initiative has been established and is now being put in action. But how do initiatives like that look like on local level? In Jiabeso-Bia, the members of 34 communities, covering 29 thousand hectares, established a landscape management board to oversee the planning, implementation, and monitoring of sustainable practices on their cocoa farms. A representative from this project will tell us about the factors that have enabled this initiative. And how does it link to changes at sector level? The project supports communities and producers in the development and the implementation of local plans for landscape sustainable use, but then engage stakeholders (communities, companies, producers, government, CSOs) in the development and promotion of the policies that enable the landscape management on the ground.

East and Southern Africa:

The tea sector of East and Southern Africa has also been driving deforestation, as both rural households as well as tea processing in factory highly depend on fire wood. At the same time the sector has acknowledged that it can only be sustainable if landscapes are restored and operations are based on sustainable forest management. In Kenya, stakeholders have focused on bringing renewable energy options to scale at both farm and factory level. In the communities, household energy centers are disseminating awareness and low-cost technologies to switch to sustainable briquette; at factory level, central biomass sourcing and briquette production facilities replace about a third of the fire wood by renewable options. In Malawi, smallholder tea growers trusts and blocks, district councils and community stakeholders, local nongovernmental organizations and conservation groups work together to collectively address key areas such as soil conservation, water and forestry. Most important is the learning from the pilot and dissemination of best practices and case studies to advocate with national and private sector to further invest in a landscape strategy for the restoration of the landscapes of Mulanje and Thyolo.

Drawing from these different experiences we will learn what we need to drive deforestation out of these sectors and bring them to invest in reforestation in the future. We will discuss how such sector initiatives support AFR100, and on the other hand, how they could be supported by AFR100.

A Podcast recording of the Digital Summit can be found here.


Should you have any questions or enquiries, do not hesitate to contact GLF Digital Summit Coordinator Charlie Nelson at c.nelson@cgiar.orgfor further information.

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Climate change and food security nexus

Climate Change is real, action is needed now!
You will learn about climate trends, adaptation actions to protect food systems and livelihoods, how to create incentives for mitigation action and tackle one of the root causes of vulnerability: poor governance.

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