Global event links forests and farms in the fight against climate change

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)

Agriculture and forestry were hot topics at a major event held alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland during November 2013.

Building on the experience of five Agriculture Days and six Forest Days, the first Global Landscapes Forum brought together the agriculture and forestry communities under one roof, with one agenda and a shared commitment to addressing global food security in the face of climate change.

The central objective of the forum, organized by the International Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR) and CCAFS, was to design a new framework for creating sustainable landscapes. While preserving forests and other ecosystems, sustainable landscapes can provide livelihoods for billions of people.

The event attracted more than 2000 participants as well as 2500 online viewers. Speakers included Marcin Korolec, Poland’s environment minister; Rachel Kyte, World Bank vice president and chair of the CGIAR Fund Council; Agnes Kalibata, Rwanda’s agriculture minister; and Ville Niinistö, Finland’s environment minister.

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