The Global Landscapes Forum is a science-lead conference and a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for sustainable land use. So far GLF conferences took place in Warsaw, Lima, London, Paris, Marrakech and Jakarta. The GLF focuses mainly on greening Africa through the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and Latin America through Initiative 20x20, and it advocates for world’s peatlands through the Global Peatlands Initiative (GLI). The past conference in 2017 in Jakarta was focusing solely on peatlands. The GLF is organised by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) with support by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Bank. The Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn took place from 18 to 21 December and was attended by more than 1,000 participants.
“Smoke on water – countering global threats from peatland loss and degradation”, a discussion forum organized by Global Peatlands Initiative and Greifswald Mire Centre, took place on 19 December. Ramsar Senior Advisor Tobias Salathé took part in the discussion – the recording of it can be viewed here.
There was also a session organized by the German Ramsar STRP focal point, Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst, to follow up on “Peatlands for sustainable landscapes – exchange and global learning”.
The Global Landscapes Forum was an opportunity to meet with various partners of the Global Peatlands Initiative and to discuss plans for 2018. Next GPI partners’ meeting will take place 21-23 March, 2018 in Brazzaville and will focus on peatlands in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where most recently, both countries designated transboundary peatland Ramsar Site with exceptional biodiversity.