The next year will be crucial in achieving convergence between the climate change and sustainable development agendas, particularly in the land-based sectors that hold the key to meeting the climate challenge, achieving robust food systems, as well as improving livelihoods for those that need it most. If we get the overall priorities right, invest in innovation and research, integrate solutions in landscapes and include climate change in the equation, then I am convinced we will succeed.
Executive Director, UNEP
It is in bringing together the innovation and the capacity of both forestry and agricultural land use that we believe some of the greatest opportunities for addressing mitigation and adaptation challenges, but also, the transformation towards a green economy, the issue of poverty reduction, and also livelihoods, receive an enormous boost.
Peruvian Minister of the Environment and President of the UNFCCC COP20
I believe that the Global Landscapes Forum will provide a unique opportunity for vital discussions, including the role of forests in addressing global climate change. I also hope that the combined forum will effectively convey key messages promoting the potential of the landscapes approach in the development of the climate agenda post-2015
The conference is organized along four main themes: