Global Landscapes Forum to Urge Action on Forests and Agriculture at Paris Climate Talks

Ghana’s former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, is among high-profile speakers to address the Global Landscapes Forum – one of the most important side events at the climate change talks in Paris in December.

The Forum, which holds on December 5-6 is devoted to forests and farming, is expected to draw 2,500 leaders from business, government, civil society, local communities and think tanks from across five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

More than a dozen new government and corporate commitments, innovative research and cutting-edge tools focused on ending emissions from forests, fields and waterways will be launched at the event

Leaders from African countries will announce a major new initiative to restore forests and agricultural lands. The R100 is a pan-African, country-led restoration effort to bring degraded landscapes in Africa under restoration by 2030.

The event will focus on all aspects of land use, which is expected to attract high-level attention at this year’s talks. National climate pledges submitted to the UN in advance of the negotiations have been criticized for not including enough on forests and farming.

Yet the sector lies at the heart of most Sustainable Development Goals, including those focused on food, water, green growth, biodiversity, climate and energy. In addition, bold commitments by companies—especially those engaged in agricultural commodities—and countries to protect and restore natural resources have continued to buoy prospects for action on forests and farms.

Participants at the Forum will pool their knowledge in search of practical ways to overcome the economic, social and political barriers to achieving land use goals. Debates will scrutinize corporate “zero deforestation” commitments and government-level land restoration pledges.

They’ll dissect barriers to unlocking finance. And they’ll analyze persistent practices that marginalize indigenous people, women, and youth.

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