Global Landscapes Forum – Paris 2015

The UNEP TEEB Office presented the TEEB for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgFood) Interim Report at the Global Landscapes Forum. Specifically, the study leader, Alexander Müller, and the Special Advisor, Pavan Sukhdev, reported on findings from a number of studies that focus on different ‘externalities-heavy’ sectors and seek to identify the economic and policy drivers and incentives that influence land-use decisions and management techniques within production systems around the world. The presentation will also present a unifying valuation framework that pinpoints specific knowledge and research gaps vis-à-vis impacts and dependencies in the ‘eco-agri-food systems’, including human health.

The panel discussing the report included a wide range of stakeholders from philanthropy (Guillermo Castilleja, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), research into nutrition (Francesco Branca, WHO), and civil society (Gustavo Junqueira, Brazil’s Rural Society). The session was moderated by Kathleen Merrigan (Sustainability Institute, George Washington University, and former US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture).

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TEEB for Agriculture & Food Interim Report Launch, Global Landscapes Forum 2015, Palais des Congrès – Paris

The Global Landscapes Forum is the leading platform for bringing together individuals and organizations that have an impact on land use. The Forum is organized by a cross-sectoral consortium of leading international organizations led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).  The Forum will bring together thousands of stakeholders from across sectors, including forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law and finance. Over 100 organizations from across the globe will host Discussion Forums, Launchpads, and Landscape-Labs and be part of a thematic pavilion. More than 3.000 people are expected to join the forum, and all main events will be web-casted live to a much broader audience.

  • More than 30 sessions scheduled
  • More than 250 speakers involved
  • More than 10 landscape lab stations will showcase the newest technological and web-based tools for making sustainable landscapes a reality
  • High-level launches targeted at international media and all Forum participants will introduce newest research findings and initiatives.
  • 7 thematic pavilions bring together more than 40 organizations around priority topics such as The Future of REDD+, Food Security and Livelihoods, Gender and Achieving SDGs through integrated landscape management.

With more than 100 organizations hosting discussions and more than 3000 participants expected to join in the GLF, the Forum will be the largest event at the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21.

Climate change, food security and sustainable development will act as crosscutting topics. Also, The Forum is expected to result in strong commitments from Governments to undertake necessary action/reforms on climate change beyond 2020 as well as a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replacing the MDGs.