Connecting the dots for sustainable landscapes
The theme of this year´s Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn was´Connecting for impact´. Connecting people from across the world and across sectors - government, NGO’s, research, policy, business, finance, community, youth and indigenous organisations, is vital to reach the goal of sustainable landscapes together.
A special focus was placed on business and finance sectors and how they can and should support efforts to tackle land degradation and poverty.
´It's not a question anymore of what to do, it's a question of how we can most efficiently work together across sectors and within the shortest time frame possible, because we are clearly running out of time´, says Rachel Cohen from WeForest’s Science and Policy team.
That we need to act now is clear, as this call during the GLF comes just before the much anticipated COP24 taking place now in Katowice, Poland. During this event, delegates from 196 countries are focusing on how to convert national climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement into on the ground action.
The main call to global leaders is to increase the ambition of their emission reduction targets in response to warnings from the latest IPCC special report that current targets are not enough to limit global warming to 1.5⁰C.