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Global Landscapes Forum

16-17 November 2013 | Warsaw, Poland
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Global Landscapes Forum
Global Landscapes Forum

The first Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) convened on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 November 2013, at the University of Warsaw in Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The event brought together more than 1200 participants in Warsaw, with an additional 1500 joining via webcast. A core objective of the event was to develop the potential of the landscape approach to inform future UNFCCC agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, the GLF was organized along four main themes: investing in sustainable landscapes in forests and on farms; landscape policy and governance for forestry, agriculture and other land uses; synergies between adapting to and mitigating climate change in forest and agricultural landscapes; and landscapes for food security and nutrition. In addition to various plenaries, sub-plenaries and technical and networking sessions, a Gender Café and Youth Forum convened.

During the closing plenary, two UNFCCC negotiators highlighted the status of agriculture- and forest-related negotiations at COP 19 and expressed hope that the practical experiences shared at the Forum will provide a fresh impetus to the negotiations. GLF organizers subsequently handed over a draft outcome statement to two negotiators involved in the agriculture- and forest-related workstreams within the UNFCCC to forward to the COP.

The final statement will be available on the GLF website at http://www.landscapes.org/

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Opening Plenary
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Room view during the opening plenary
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A brass band opened the plenary session with a short rendition of a traditional Polish theme.
Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANPRAN)
Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
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From L-R: Peter Holmgren, Director General, CIFOR; Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland, and President, UNFCCC COP19; Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank; Eduardo Rojas Briales, Head of the Forestry Department, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Biodiversity International; and Ruth De Fries, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Minister Marcin Korolec, President, UNFCCC COP19
Eduardo Rojas Briales, FAO
Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Biodiversity International
High-level session: Developing the future of the landscapes approach, 2015 and beyond
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Room view during the high level session
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Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute
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Ville Niinistö, Minister of Environment, Finland
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Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture, Rwanda
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Bernard Giraud, Co-founder, Livelihoods Fund
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From L-R: Ville Niinistö, Minister of Environment, Finland; Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture, Rwanda; Bernard Giraud, Co-founder, Livelihoods Fund; and Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute
Closing Plenary
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From L-R: Krystyna Gurbiel, Under Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Poland; HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, Kingdom of Lesotho; Heru Prasetyo, Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations, President’s Delivery Unit, Indonesia; Sithembile Ndema, FANRPAN, and Youth Ambassador for Landscapes; Bruce Campbell, Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); and Selam Kidane Abebe, Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia
Heru Prasetyo, Deputy Head of Planning and International Relations, President’s Delivery Unit, Indonesia
HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, Kingdom of Lesotho
Krystyna Gurbiel, Under Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Poland
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Tony La Viña, REDD+ facilitator and UNFCCC negotiator, the Philippines
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Bruce Campbell, CCAFS
Patrick Verkooijen, Special Representative for Climate Change, World Bank
Sithembile Ndema, FANRPAN, and Youth Ambassador for Landscapes
Selam Kidane Abebe, Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia
Highlights for Saturday, 16 November 2013
Global Landscapes Forum

The first Global Landscapes Forum opened on Saturday morning with a Youth Forum on the future of sustainable landscapes. Following the formal opening plenary session in the afternoon, participants convened in 16 technical and networking sessions to discuss specific issues relating to the forum’s theme of “Shaping the climate and development agenda for forests and agriculture.” The sessions covered, inter alia: landscape-scale planning for REDD+; rethinking governance strategies for integrated landscape management; certifying ecosystem services; climate-smart agriculture; integrated watershed management for rural development, resilience and empowerment; impact of climate change on farmers in Africa; bridging the gap between science, policy and action; achieving synergies between adaptation and mitigation approaches for policy makers and land managers; and financial strategies for integrated landscape management.

A Gender Café also took place during the day to highlight the role of gender in farming, forestry and other land uses.

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Opening Plenary
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A bird's eye view of the meeting room
Peter Holmgren, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Chase Sova, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Olgierd Dziekoński, Secretary of State, Poland
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From L-R: Braulio Ferreira de Souza, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Alojzy Nowak, Vice-Rector, University of Warsaw; Olgierd Dziekoński, Secretary of State, Poland and Sara Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners
Braulio Ferreira de Souza, Executive Secretary, CBD
Sara Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners
Alojzy Nowak, Vice-Rector, University of Warsaw
Youth Forum: The Future of Sustainable Landscapes
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From L-R: Karen Tuason, the Philippines; Joseph Macharia, Kenya; Naddia Manning-Thomas, Barbados; Tan Copsey, BBC Media Action; and Aliness Mumba, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
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Joseph Macharia, Kenya
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Izzy Lawrence, Connect4Climate, presenting the Kenyan rap group TS1
Nadia Manning-Thomas, Barbados
Karen Tuason, Phillipines
Tan Copsey, BBC Media Action
Amy Duchelle, CIFOR
Aliness Mumba, FANRPAN
Sithembile Ndema, FANRPAN, moderated the session
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From L-R: Amy Duchelle, CIFOR; Otim Joseph, Uganda; Stephen Kibet, Kenya; and Izzy Lawrence Connect4Climate
Stephen Kibet, Kenya
Otim Joseph, Uganda
Bruce Campbell, CCAFS
Related Links
Forum resources

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*Forum blog


Resources for the Warsaw Climate Change Conference - November 2013

*Conference website

*Conference overall schedule

*Conference daily programme

*COP 19 website

*CMP 9 website

*SBI 39 website

*SBSTA 39 website

*ADP 2-3 website


General resources

*Host country website

*Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change


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*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2013, 3-13 June 2013, Bonn, Germany

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