The Global Landscapes Forum

16-17 November, University of Warsaw

The Global Landscapes Forum (in previous years organized as two separated events – the Forest Day and Agriculture and Rural Development Day) on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP19 (16-17 November, University of Warsaw) will develop the landscapes approach for climate change policy and sustainable development goals.

Landscapes comprise the visible features of an area of land and the living elements of the land, including people. Different parts of the landscape provide different goods and services necessary to support livelihoods and economic development, and what happens in one part of the landscape has an impact on the others.

Yet, in the current UNFCCC negotiations, agriculture, forestry and other land uses are still addressed in parallel tracks and at different political levels. For the first time, the Global Landscapes Forum will provide a platform to bring researchers, negotiators, policy makers, development practitioners, private sector representatives and media interested in farming, forestry and their linkages. COP19 in Warsaw will set the agenda for the next two years leading to Paris 2015, where the world will seek to reach a binding and universal agreement. In this context, the Global Landscapes Forum will look at important research findings and practice examples, covering the following topics:

  1.     Investing in sustainable landscapes in forests and on farms
  2.     Landscapes policy and governance for forestry, agriculture and other land uses
  3.     Synergies between adapting to and mitigating climate change in forest and agricultural landscapes
  4.     Landscapes for food security and nutrition

Speakers include Poland’s Minister of Environment and COP19 President, Marcin Korolec; Polish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Stanislaw Kalemba; IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Peter Bakker; and World Bank Sustainable Development Vice President Rachel Kyte, along with around 80 other high-level speakers.