Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) saw unprecedented digital growth during 2020, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. It pioneered digital conferencing in the environmental space to connect the globe and fill science and knowledge gaps with its first fully digital conference in June.


In 2020, GLF ran two major digital events, which over 10,000 people attended and millions more engaged with online:

  • GLF Bonn 2020: Food in the time of crises, the first environmental digital conference of its kind – with over 300 speakers, hundreds of organizations, 235,000 engagements on social media, 22,000 messages plus 2,500 articles exchanged among participants – highlighted the need for platforms like GLF to continue including the voices of diverse knowledge holders from every corner of the world.

  • GLF Biodiversity: One World – One Health – reached tens of millions of people, spotlighted ecosystem restoration and contributed to the next global biodiversity roadmap, advancing the global drive to ‘build back better’ with a set of seven policy recommendations.

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – the GLF has been named an official core partner in preparation for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021–2030.

Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program – contributing to strategic knowledge management and communications in this World Bank-led platform.

Youth in Landscapes – engaging 60,000+ youth in landscape restoration. This year the initiative launched the Restoration Stewards programme, which provides funding and mentoring for six youth-led restoration projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Learning – developing professional courses on the free online learning platform Landscape Academy (on GLF’s five themes) with 18,000+ learners so far.

GLFx – building a global community, GLFx, to enable and accelerate action towards more sustainable landscapes.

Sustainable finance – partnering with the Government of Luxembourg to mainstream sustainable finance at the GLF Luxembourg Investment Cases event.

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In 2020 – a year like no other – CIFOR-ICRAF continued to deliver the world’s best science on forests and trees in agricultural landscapes, shifting the conversation online as the Covid-19 pandemic evolved.

This annual report features stories about expertise, dedication and perseverance. When people responded to the pandemic with calls to ban wild meat, CIFOR-ICRAF experts stepped forward with recent, highly relevant evidence in hand, highlighting the needs of communities who rely on wild game for nutrition. Other scientists forged ahead to deliver compelling research findings on improved tree seed and restoration work in Ethiopia, agroforestry in Southeast Asia, and a new model for sustainable use of woodfuel in refugee camps – among many other topics.

CIFOR-ICRAF continued to chart its path as one organization, with a new 10-year strategy that outlines game-changing solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, unsustainable supply and value chains, the need to transform food systems, and extreme inequality for women, Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable rural communities.

Three new holistic approaches will deliver actionable solutions to these challenges: Transformative Partnership Platforms, Engagement Landscapes and Flagship Products. And the newly launched Resilient Landscapes aims to leverage the power of the private sector to spur greater investment in nature-based solutions.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held its first fully virtual conference in June and didn’t stop there, seeing unprecedented digital growth during the year. And the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) marked its 10th science conference – also virtual – while continuing to demonstrate the power of partnership.