CIFOR: Climate Summit statements: Agriculture + Forests = Landscapes?

Six global thought leaders presented their big ideas on changing the future of forests and climate research at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate, a special high-level scientific debate hosted by CIFOR, the Earth Institute and Columbia University. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say:  

  • JOHN HOLDREN: “Expanded access to clean energy has to be at the heart of any international development agenda.”
  • CARLOS NOBRE: “Innovation would come from emergence of a new, transformative economic paradigm for the global tropics.”
  • CHERYL PALM: “Bioversity is becoming more important than the carbon story.”


Click here to see videos and transcripts of all the presentations at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate.


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How do we maximize the overall benefits of land use? In a session held during the CGIAR Development Dialogues, a side event to the UN Climate Summit, CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren led a discussion of high-level panelists on integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses. Watch a video of the session here.



Twenty-five years ago, the Montreal Protocol initiated a worldwide ban on ozone-depleting substances. It worked: The Earth’s ozone layer is now recovering. A similarly ambitious plan could curb carbon emissions by enabling carbon storage in forests, write Louis Verchot and Peter Howson, but will require more pushing to overcome technical and financing issues to address humanity’s greatest challenge.

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6-7 December: 2014 Global Landscapes Forum in Lima

Changing landscapes, changing perspectives: Speakers lining up


The most dynamic land-use event of the year is beginning to take shape, with speakers confirming their presence at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum including:

These speakers will join 200 other experts leading discussions to seek answers on such issues as climate change, urbanization, green economy, sustainable energy and more. Expect learning events—and heated debates. Click here to access the latest updates on Forum speakers, and check this space for an updated agenda.

  • SAVE YOUR SPOT: Registration to the Forum is open—act now for early-bird discounts.
  • LAST CALL FOR EXHIBITIONS: There are only a few spots left for your organization to host an exhibition at the Forum. Click here for more details.
  • VISUALIZE DATA AND WIN: Do you make infographics? The Forum’s infographic competition encourages research institutions, think tanks, designers and others to visualize the holistic ‘landscape approach.’ First prize: $1000. Click here to find out more.

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Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

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Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

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22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

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