December 6, 2015 | All day event (8am-8pm)

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Thematic Pavilion at the Global Landscapes Forum

Integrated Landscape Management as a mechanism for social change

Crafting the Sustainable Development Goals was just the first part of moving our planet towards a more equitable, and inclusive reality–it’s now time to make the goals a reality. Join this Thematic Pavilion at the Global Landscape Forum to learn how communities from around the world are leveraging Integrated Landscape Management approaches to obtain interrelated SDGs.

Interact with landscapes from around the world

Learn what qualifies as a landscape, and how managing natural resources under this paradigm protects and uplifts human and natural communities within them. Explore maps, virtual realities and infographics to get a feel for the Landscape Approach, and deepen your understanding with research from EcoAgriculture Partners and others.

Special sessions will take place at the Pavilion starting at 1:15 pm. See below for individual session descriptions.

Learn about new tools for implementing the SDGs, through the landscape approach:

The Sustainable Development Goals are released, but its now up to the creativity of local entities to design applicable strategies for meaningful social change. While the challenge is great, there are new, cutting-edge tools designed to help members of all sectors of society–policy, conservation, agribusiness and community-based organizations–to work together towards integrated outcomes.

Organized by the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative secretariat. Supported by UNEP. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), EcoAgriculture Partners, Fauna and Flora International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Hivos International, Solidaridad, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
Event Details

Join us at the GLF

All Day


Interact with Integrated Landscape Initiatives from around the world

Watch new videos from the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative; explore a map of landscape initiatives from Continental Review studies from around the world, and interact with infographics explaining the connections between landscape approaches and achieving multiple SDGs with single interventions. Explore the Amazon rainforest in 3D at UN-REDD’s virtual reality exhibit. Discuss the Sustainable Development Goals with experts and communicators from a wide variety of organizations. And discover and take home new publications from EcoAgriculture Partners and others.

Live Broadcast

A Global Broadcast via Periscope

Want to speak to the world on what Integrated Landscape Management means to you?

Jump into our live broadcast via Periscope and add your voice to our Soundcloud channel. Share how landscape approaches can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and what governments, businesses and civil society need to do to support the transition to landscape-based rather than sector-based development activities. 

Not in Paris? Details on how to join online will be released shortly.

Special Sessions

10:45 - 11:30am

Special Discussion: Towards action on Sustainable Pastoralism

Join Maryam Niamir-Fuller, former special advisor to UNEP’s executive director on on SDGs and the Post 2015 Agenda and PhD in Rangeland Management and Soil Conservation, for a timely discussion of sustainable pastoralism as a means to deliver on the sustainable development goals in an integrated manner. The conversation will address the rising global demand for livestock products (meat, milk, fat, fiber, hides) and at the same time, the continuing degradation of rangeland ecosystems in drylands, and the increasing environmental degradation caused by intensive production. You are invited to discuss identification of successful strategies, enabling conditions and guidance on concrete actions to be taken by UNEP and other champions of environmental sustainability, towards a global partnership in preparation for UNEA2.


Private Sector Engagement in Landscapes - Scenario Exploration Discussion

Members of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative’s Business Engagement Working Group will discuss their work with the private sector in landscapes around the world. The session will utilize group discussion of scenarios to explore different entry points, tools and incentives for public-private-civic cooperation to achieve more sustainable, and climate-smart, landscapes and supply chains.


Integrated Landscape Management - Key Messages on the SDGs - Open Space Discussion

After a brief presentation of a new white paper from the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative on using integrated landscape management to achieve the SDGs, participants will be invited to comment on the barriers and opportunities to implementing the approach, and concerns about its use. Participants will discuss follow up messages and next steps to help a variety of stakeholders; businesses, governments and civil society, implement the landscape approach to achieve the SDGs.


Strengthening Policy for Integrated Landscape Management to Support the SDGs – An agenda setting workshop

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is surveying participants at the GLF to assess the needs of policymakers interested in supporting integrated landscape management. To initiate the discussion during the session, we will a pose a series of questions to a panel of policymakers and experts on policy challenges/needs, innovations and tools to support ILM. For each of these questions, the floor will be open to the audience to respond. The results of this session will guide the work plan of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative’s policy working group, with which participants are invited to continue engaging.

Explore the Newest Research

4 returns, 3 zones, 20 years

A Holistic Framework for Ecological Restoration by People and Business for Next Generations

4 returns, 3 zones, 20 years presents a holistic and practical business framework that uses a common language, and aims to establish Ecosystem Restoration Partnerships between people living on the land, companies, investors, governments and business schools, to restore degraded ecosystems. The goal is create landscape initiatives that give multiple returns, while teaching practical lessons and reaching international restoration targets.

Published by the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in partnership with the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Commonland. Download the report here.
4 Returns from Landscape Restoration

A Systemic and Practical Approach to Restore Degraded Landscapes

The science is in place, the technology available, and financial resources accessible: the time is ripe to create a landscape restoration industry. But for it to succeed, there must be greater involvement by business and investors, an orchestrator for all the different stake-holders and a realistic long-term approach. Commonland aims to build trust and connections, create engagement, and keep key partners inspired to harvest the results of their investments over the long-term.

Published by Commonland. Download the report here.
25 Years

Soil Rehabilitation and Conservation in the Sahel Region: Supporting the Efforts of the Rural Population in Niger

In the early 1980s, governments of Germany and Niger, as members of the UNCCD, began to take action to combat the degradation of land and natural resources mainly in the regions of Tillabéri Nord and Tahoua in Niger.  During 25 years of work, the programme has developed, tested and applied a number of soil and water conservation approaches. 

Published by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW Development Bank (KfW), in cooperation with Productive Agriculture Programme (PromAP), GIZ Niger, Investment Fund for Local Authorities (FICOD) and the Niger Ministry of Agriculture. Download the report here.
Land Matters for Climate

Reducing the Gap and Approaching the Target

This  brief identifies a key element in the climate change equation often missing in the current discussions and offers an evidence-based argument that the mitigation potential of the land use sector can make a significant and immediate contribution to reducing the emissions gap.

Published by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Download the brief here in French or in English
Challenges and Innovations

Agroforestry solutions to address food security and climate change challenges in Africa

Agroforestry farms and landscapes are an important part of Africa’s rural landscapes. Trees on farm and in the landscape provide income and environmental outcomes and can ease climate change and food security challenges. Current policy frameworks could benefit from greater synergy, aligned with current practice.

Published by the United Nations Environment Programme in the Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Journal. Download the paper here.
Climate-Smart Landscapes

Multifunctionality in Practice

This book is about a ‘landscape approach’ to achieving multiple climate, social, development and environmental objectives. It builds on climate-smart landscapes as a growing platform and pathway towards achieving multi functionality. The analysis draws strongly from practices, methods, examples and considerations for applying landscape approaches to achieve multifunctional outcomes and in particular, address the complex challenge of climate change.

Published by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Read the document online here.
Building Knowledge

Negotiation-Support Toolkit for Learning Landscapes

Creating the institutional environment to support environmental, social and economic goals within a landscape involves a complex process of negotiations among stakeholders. This publication presents a collection of tools—methods, approaches and computer models—to aid such negotiations in landscapes where a lot is at stake. 

Published by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Southeast Asia Regional  Program. Download the toolkit here.


Details on how to join online through our Periscope and Soundcloud broadcasts to be release shortly.