Restore the Earth Global Landscapes Forum New York

  • 29th September 2019
  • by secretary

28 September 2019. New York. To mark the adoption of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – connecting land and water – and to ensure this opportunity reaches its full potential, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) organized a one-day event back-to-back with the opening of the 74th UN General Assembly (UN GA) and shortly after the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit.

Restore the Earth Global Landscapes Forum New York was a global consultation in the run up to the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in 2021. The objective of this critical first meeting was to raise awareness, define the land and seascapes the world needs to be restored to a sustainable state, and launch a global movement that will restore up to 2 billion hectares of degraded ecosystems and achieve the UN SDGs.


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihood initiatives, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with its co-founders UN Environment and the World Bank and Charter Members. 

Charter members: CIRAD, CIFOR, Climate Focus, Conservation International, Ecoagriculture Partners, The European Forest Institute, Evergreen Agriculture, FSC, GEF, IPMG, CIAT, ICIMOD, IFOAM – Organics International, INBAR, IUFRO, Rainforest Alliance, Rare, Rights and Resources Initiative, UN Environment, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation part of Wageningen Research, World Agroforestry, World Resources Institute, WWF Germany, Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), World Bank Group

Extract of the programme

Opening: Restore the Earth

  • Tony Simons – Director General, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Inger Andersen – Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
  • Christiane Paulus Director General, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Resetting the Restoration Agenda Completed

  • Susan Chomba (see picture) – Social Scientist, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
    3 key myths to debunk on land #restoration!
    We have simple magic bullets for land restoration.
    As long as we are planting millions of trees we will be fine…
    We can scale up land restoration via small isolated pilot projects
  • Daniel Murdiyarso – Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Leigh Ann Winowiecki – Soil Systems Scientist, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Himlal Baral – Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Ravi Prabhu (see picture) – Deputy Director General (Research), World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Survival Diets and Healthy Food Systems

Agriculture: Supplying Success in Landscapes

  • Louise Mabulo – Award-winning chef, entrepreneur, agriculture advocate, public speaker and competitive archer
  • Roselyn Fosuah Adjei – Director Climate Change Directorate, Forestry Commission of Ghana
  • Otto Valadares – Farmer, Cerrado, Brazil

Forests: EverGreening the Earth’s Degraded Landscapes

  • Dennis Garrity  (see picture) – Chairman of the Board, Global EverGreening Alliance; Senior Fellow, WRI; Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Chris Armitage – CEO, Global EverGreening Alliance
  • Stephen Fern – Chairman of the Board, G9 Ark
  • Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie – Director for Africa, UNDP

Drylands and Rangelands: Harnessing Change

  • Fiona Flintan   (see picture) – Senior Scientist, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Gabriel Seghezzo – Director, Fundapaz Argentina and Coordinator of the Semi-Arids Platform Latin America
  • Sukhbold Sukhee – Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the United Nations
  • Paola Agostini – Lead Natural Resources Management Specialist, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
  • Daisy Hessenberger – Young Professional, IUCN
  • Umaru Sule – Member, Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA)
Wanjũhĩ Njoroge Youth in Landscapes (YIL) representative