World Conference on “Forests for Public Health”

Urbanization and modern lifestyle changes have diminished possibilities for human contact with nature in many societies. At the same time, many societies today face increasing incidence of poor physical and mental health associated with chronic stress, insufficient physical activity and exposure to anthropogenic environmental hazards that cannot be addressed by medicine and technology alone. Forests, urban forests and other green spaces may be incorporated into public health systems and policies to promote mental and physical health and reduce morbidity and mortality in residents by supporting relaxation and stress alleviation, stimulating social cohesion, encouraging physical activity, and reducing exposure to air pollutants, noise and excessive heat.

The World Conference on Forests for Public Health will bring together well-known scientists from different countries and disciplines to present research and state-of-the-art knowledge and theories on the significance of the role of forests and green spaces in improving the health and well-being of a population; and challenges the urban and landscape planning fields face in designing green infrastructure that benefits physical activities both in urban space and in forests and nature.

The main topics of conference will include:

Forest medicine for public health
Mental health benefits of exposure to nature
Planning physical activities in forests or natural environment for public health
Urban forests and their ecosystem services for public health
Urban forestry and green space planning and design for human activity
Forest therapy, health policies, practices, economics and culture of forests for public health
Green care on public landscapes for public health

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World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism will focus on the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry and discuss possible responses in order to reduce its vulnerability. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and partners, the event aims to: provide tourism operators and organizations, research institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders with an opportunity to share their work in the field of climate change and tourism; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

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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
    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 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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Kick-off event: Strengthening Women’s Land Rights – Crucial for SDG’s


Kick-off event: meet female land rights champions, make your work more effective and join the festive launch of a photo exhibition

You are kindly invited to participate in an inspiring and informative event to discuss lessons learned from successful grassroots initiatives to improve land rights for women, supported by The Netherlands. What do these lessons mean for the gender ambitions in the policy note ‘Investing in Global Prospects’? How can we apply these lessons in our work on foreign trade and development cooperation?

Women and men’s equal rights to use, access and control land are crucial for the livelihoods, including income and health, of women, men and their families, as put forward in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). During this event, impact stories will be shared by women who are involved in different initiatives in order to generate concrete ideas for follow-up which should result in action and results on the ground.

For more information, you can find it here.

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Local finance for forest and landscape restoration

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is proud to partner with the WWF Landscape Finance Lab to present a webinar and learning forum concerning how finance can be directed for the benefit of local stakeholders engaged in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR). We will discuss investment mechanisms and strategies, and share experiences in accessing local, blended funding sources to scale up FLR.

Please join our webinar, as well as the two-week discussion forum on the Landscape Finance Lab Platform to exchange information on available options, and to share lessons and case studies. We welcome your engagement with the community to learn more about local finance options for forest and landscape!


More than USD 300 billion per year is needed to restore the world’s degraded lands and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15.3 to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil – including land affected by desertification, drought and floods – and strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world by 2030.

In many countries, guidance is needed in terms of how best to incentivize and enable local and sub-national actors (such as farmers, small- and medium-sized enterprises, civil society including community organizations, and local governments) with financial and non-financial support to produce FLR outcomes.

This knowledge-sharing forum aims to develop participants’ knowledge concerning ways in which finance can be better directed to benefit local stakeholders engaged in Forest and Landscape Restoration.

Read more about the event and its focus.

Register here.

Direct link here.

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NLandscapes learning event in Wageningen – What’s needed to scale-up landscape restoration?

Restoring our degraded landscapes is essential to meet global goals and provide a sustainable future. But prevailing systemic barriers prevent efforts reaching the necessary scale. What are these barriers and what can we do to achieve the impact that is so urgently needed?

The knowledge session aims to create a deeper understanding of the different approaches to scale-up landscape restoration, gain insight in approaches applied on the ground and identify ways forward in the cases discussed. We will investigate the dynamics of scaling and how scaling should take place. We’ll explore scaling from different angles, from scaling-out, to scaling-up and look at what scaling means for space, money and people and policy.

We will work in an interactive open setting, and bring the knowledge available in the network together around landscape restoration cases you are working on.

Therefore you are warmly invited to :

Bring your case

We will use the landscape restoration cases we are working on ourselves, address the questions and dilemmas we come across and share knowledge and expertise to identify steps forward.

Send us your landscape restoration case. For more information, please click here.

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ICIMOD learning event in Nepal – Bridging Boundaries

ICIMOD has been using river basin and transboundary landscape management approaches to work across borders and achieve shared goals. The Centre’s river basin approach takes into account a range of concerns—monitoring and assessment of water resources, water-induced risk management, and climate change adaptation and resilience building with particular focus on the poor and vulnerable. It adopts an integrated water resource management approach to improve current understanding of upstream-downstream linkages as well as the links between natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.

The International Consultative Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation across Transboundary Landscapes and River Basins in the Hindu Kush Himalaya provide a timely opportunity to envision possible mechanisms to enhance regional cooperation and to discuss priority actions for the same. It will also look into strengthening existing regional cooperation mechanisms.

For more information, please visit this link.

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