06 June 2024


Bonn, Germany, and online



How to save the world’s peatlands? Dive into the latest insights into peatland conservation, management, and restoration.

Did you know that peatlands store a third of the world’s soil carbon? That’s twice as much as all the world’s forests – even though they only make up 3–4% of the Earth’s land area. Yet this significant carbon store is under threat as peatlands continue to be degraded at alarming rates around the world, affecting the health and livelihoods of millions of people.

How to change the course? Connect with a thousand experts, practitioners and policymakers from all over the world for solutions and action.

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Event themes

State of peatland knowledge

Dive deep into the various schools of peatland science from across the globe, and uncover the vital role of peatlands in climate-resilient and biodiverse landscapes. Explore the latest techniques in the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of peatlands.

Policy perspectives

Dissect the myriad national strategies and initiatives aimed at mapping and managing peatlands. We’ll navigate the complexities of implementation, learn from effective actions against degradation and chart pathways for successful policies.

Community engagement

Learn the cultural significance of peatlands and the challenges and opportunities of integrating Indigenous wisdom into restoration practices. Learn about participatory approaches that honor traditional land uses while achieving conservation goals.

Money talk

Discover innovative finance models, blended mechanisms and the role of the private sector in driving peatland conservation. Learn how to make the investment case for peatland conservation – and how to market it.


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Abidjan GMT+0
12 May 2022 13:00-15:00

Smallholders need secure land tenure to ensure investments in ecosystem restoration and food security and land-based adaptation options for millions of people around the world. As the global community scrambles to address multiple crises, responsible land governance is more urgent than ever before.

In this context, TMG Research and its partners have developed a human rights-based approach to land governance monitoring, including a reference tool called the Human Rights and Land Navigator, which they will launch during this side event session. The online tool aims to make the UN-backed Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) more tangible by detailing the human rights on which they are based.

During the session, UNCCD stakeholders and human rights actors discussed the potential of the international human rights system and the new tool to enhance the implementation of the VGGT and safeguard legitimate tenure rights for ecosystem restoration. The event provided practical entry points for land rights defenders, national-level policymakers and human rights bodies to advocate for and monitor progress on land governance instruments.

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12 May 2022 18:00-20:00

During this session, we learned how land degradation neutrality relates to land tenure security and why tenure security is important to combat the further degradation of land. We learned how land tenure security is embedded in a wider spectrum of human rights and what is needed to secure these multiple rights for those living on and from the land. We learned from local, regional and global actors, what instruments they use to align legal frameworks with local realities, and what it takes to bridge formal legislation with informal realities on the ground. Finally, we discussed the pros and cons of multi-stakeholder dialogue, which is increasingly seen as an instrument to bridge the two and help strengthen land tenure security for all.

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14 May 2022 11:20-11:28

Young Africans have strong visions for their land: their stories of restoring landscapes are also stories of young people defining their own narratives of a good life and creating multiple, contradictory and coexisting futures across the continent. In this short session co-created by the World Agroforestry Center, the Global Landscapes Forum and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative  young Kenyan restoration practitioner Adrian Leitoro shared his thoughts and experiences, focusing on the importance of healthy landscapes for climate adaptation and food sovereignty in Africa.

16 May 2022 13:15-14:45

People living in drylands and areas affected by degradation are amongst the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. To protect their livelihoods, it is crucial to take measures to avoid, reduce, and reverse land degradation as well as ensure the security of their land tenure, as was recognized and highlighted at UNCCD COP14 in 2019 through the COP14/26 decision on land tenure.

This side event hosted by the TMG Think Tank for Sustainability outlined progress made by Parties to the Convention since COP14 on aligning national land degradation neutrality plans with the COP14/26 decision and highlighted opportunities to further scale up existing efforts. It also addressed the importance of land tenure for land-based adaptation and responses to drought.

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Find all CIFOR-ICRAF activities at UNCCD COP15 here


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Venetia Galanaki

Events Project Officer