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September 25, 2018
Forests are critical for sustainable development as they provide oxygen, significantly help curb climate change, are home to a majority of global biodiversity and provide livelihoods for nearly 2 billion people. But deforestation is accelerating. It is estimated that mining accounts for up to 7% of forest loss in developing countries. “Forest-smart mining” will be needed to both minimize direct and indirect impacts of mining on forests and to pursue opportunities for positive forest outcomes. This will require public policies, corporate practices and multi-stakeholder partnerships to...
August 29, 2018
With an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forests lost each year, deforestation and land degradation remain significant challenges in Africa. Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030. This regional conference focused on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for...
July 02, 2018
  Forests and trees in landscapes are vital resources and recognized for their ecosystem services especially to the rural poor by providing effective pathways out of poverty together with other development measures. Since time immemorial, forest fires both natural and human-caused, have played a critical role in shaping our environment. Fire is an inherent feature of the earth system, and some cultures have historically achieved sustainable co-existence with flammable landscapes. It is well established that at a global scale, modern-day unwanted forest fires are largely anthropogenic...
June 07, 2018
The webinar series lays out key sectoral knowledge and expertise that can contribute to a joint effort to enable SMEs in the forest sector to be competitive and grow in a sustainable manner. This session will examine a set of interventions that had enhancement of competitiveness and sustainability of rural or agricultural enterprises as the entry point and are relevant for SMEs in the forest sector (SMFEs). Presenters will deconstruct projects in order to explain the various components of each intervention as well as to encourage participants to think about how to adapt each approach to...
May 30, 2018
The world loses 7 million hectares of tropical forests each year.  At the root of the problem, deforestation and land degradation are often driven by economic pressure. Solutions ranging from international commitments to community-led efforts show progress in reversing this trend but often lack alternative financial incentives to change unsustainable practices. The GLF Investment Case Symposium identifies how investment in natural landscapes can create triple bottom line returns – economic, social and environmental. The 2015 and 2016 symposia identified sustainable finance solutions...

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