CEO of Green Initiatives for a Smart Tomorrow (GIST) and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
To achieve our global goal of Zero Hunger we need to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, forests, agricultural heritage and genetic resources. The Landscape Forum is well-positioned to follow-up on decisions taken at the SGs Climate Summit and further highlight issues of relevance specially during 2015 when the international community will take important decisions on Sustainable Development Goals and a Climate Change Agreement.
José Graziano da Silva
Director General, FAO
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.
Director General, CIFOR
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.
Executive Director, UNEP
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
Peruvian Minister of the Environment and President of the UNFCCC COP20
The conference is organized along four main themes: