28 September 2019






GLF New York 2019: The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: Help define the most important Decade of the century.

Join 500 VIPs, celebrity activists, policy, business and Indigenous leaders, global experts, heads of UN and international agencies and tens of thousands around the world participating in the GLF digital edition.






A global consultation in the runup to the official launch of The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration on World Environment Day June 5th 2021. The objective of this critical first meeting is to raise awareness, define the land and seascapes the world needs to restore to a sustainable state, and launch a global movement that will restore up to 2 billion hectares of degraded ecosystems and achieve the UN SDGs.

Help us frame the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which recognizes nature’s role in beating the climate crisis by filling out this survey.

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The Global Landscapes Forum at New York 2019 is mostly an invitation based event. Some seats are reserved for applicants who want to help shape the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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Learn how you, your organisation or community can contribute to the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration wherever you are in the world.

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About the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

Planning for the future health of the planet

Meet some of our speakers

Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro

El Salvador

Bill McKibben


Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians

Philippe Zaouati


Ibrahim Thiaw

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Cristiana Pasca-Palmer

UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Felix Finkbeiner

Plant for the Planet

Theo de Jager

World Farmers Organisation

Christiana Figueres

Convenor of Mission 2020

Taylor Rees

Filmmaker and Photojournalist

Christiane Paulus

Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Concept note


Networking opportunities will be plentiful at this GLF event, being held in New York at the same time as the 74th UN General Assembly and the 2019 UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit. Where better to meet such a wide range of experts and stakeholders as well as many of the people making the important decisions at local, regional and international levels?


This GLF event, in New York, is a great opportunity to find out more from the people directly involved, about the opportunities around the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Hear from restoration experts who are working on the ground. Ask the finance experts your questions about how essential restoration work can be funded, particularly in the context of this extraordinary restoration Decade.


If you already have some great ideas and restoration plans to share, GLF New York provides a chance to bring those to a high-level and global audience. Tell the world about your plans and drum up greater support for your vision. In addition to the audience, GLF events reach tens of thousands of the right people via livestreams; and reach tens of millions of people via social media. Don’t miss this opportunity!

"We must begin to address the societal values that guide us. While climate change and biodiversity loss are some of the greatest challenges of our time, addressing the selfishness and apathy of those responsible for managing our forests is equally important."

Wanjira Mathai
Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF)

"Restoration can only succeed by involving communities and giving them the chance to use their traditional knowledge"

Daniel Kobei
Founder of the Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program

"Restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded land between now and 2030 could generate $9 trillion in ecosystem services and take an additional 13-26 gigatons of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere."

UN Environment and UN FAO

Organizations that engage with GLF

What's on the agenda?

GLF New York 2019 will bring together a great number of questions concerning the potential of the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration – as well as bringing together the right people to respond to these questions and to help to steer the agenda. GLF event participants will mix with the leadership of UN member states and other national delegates as well as restoration experts and researchers to learn from each other. Learning from best practices, the knowledge drawn from Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and coordinating efforts will be emphasized as well as input from youth on how they can contribute to the fight against climate change while supporting ecosystem restoration.


Country panel
National governments will share their commitments, past experiences, and views for the necessary components of a successful UN Decade.


Economics and finance
Where some see challenges, these leaders in sustainable finance and investment see opportunity. Leading banks and economists share commitments, insights, and innovations in green and social finance.


Vision 2030
Key leaders of global movements on climate action, lifestyles, and ecosystems will share lessons-learned to mobilize mass support and their support to the UN Decade.


Restoring our lands and seas
Celebrity ‘fire-starter’ talks and creative interventions will inspire us to transform our Planet, food systems and lifestyle for the benefit of nature and people.


Ecosystem panels will share best-practices from indigenous peoples, local communities, youth and practitioners in key ecosystem types forests, oceans, agriculture, mountains, wetlands, peatlands and drylands.




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We have less than 12 years to prevent a climate catastrophe and accomplish the SDGs which together could put the world onto a sustainable path for everyone. The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is designed as the global movement that can achieve this mission in the short timeframe by harnessing the power of nature and local communities.



Kamal Prawiranegara

GLF Global Coordinator



Melissa Angel

Communications Coordinator



John Colmey

GLF Managing Director