Have your say: Join the discussion on enabling forest landscapes to score Sustainable Development Goals

News, 3 December 2014
IIED will co-host a discussion at the Global Landscapes Forum in Lima, Peru, on Saturday on how forest landscapes can score Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Peru’s Belen Valley is a landscape largely uninhabited by humans, but home to hummingbirds, the spectacled bear and more than 50 species native to the area. (Photo: Leendeleo via Flickr)

In partnership with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), IIED will ask how the SDGs can catalyse policy and practice that enables 'goal-scoring' for forests and landscapes in a transformative, universal and integrated manner.

The forum will review progress and discuss the best way forward to incorporating forests and a landscape approach in the SDGs: both in their formulation and in their implementation.

Global Landscapes Forums, held alongside the UN climate negotiations, create a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development.

On the panel will be IIED director Camilla Toulmin, Paula Caballero, senior director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank, Peter Holmgren, director general of CIFOR, Sonia María González Molina, the director general of Research and Environmental Information in the Peru Ministry of Environment, and Heru Prasetyo, head of REDD+ Management Agency, Indonesia.

Those unable to attend the event will be able to follow coverage via IIED's Twitter service, and can contribute by joining the global discussion to give their views and ask questions.

Although forests contribute towards many sustainable development outcomes, incorporating forests and above all a landscape approach in the SDGs is a challenge.

The session will explore how institutions, strategies and approaches can enable integration across sectors, address systemic barriers and promote the essential enabling conditions, and will also address the strong linkages between the post-2015 sustainable development and the climate change agendas.

The discussion forum will start by setting the scene regarding the process to formulate the SDGs and other aspects of the post-2015 agenda, and will look at where forests and landscapes stand in this. Research of how to incorporate forests in the SDGs in an integrated, landscape approach will be presented and there will be insights from the results of a workshop held in Lima in November.

Among the key questions likely to be discussed are:

  1. In light of the SDGs proposed by the UN Open Working Group, what specific action is needed during the period up to September 2015 to enable forests and landscapes deliver sustainable development outcomes?
  2. What can we learn from forest sector experiences at national and local levels about how to deliver an integrated approach, including the kinds of institutional models that catalyse 'goal scoring'?
  3. What is needed to ensure integration of post-2015, climate and other international frameworks of relevance to forests, including how to channel finance in support of integrated approaches?
  4. How can we best identify the right enablers for transformation, and ensure they are targeted for support?

What are your views? What insight do you have to the discussion? What questions do you have for the panel?

Follow coverage of the forum via IIED's Twitter service – and join the global discussion by giving your views on the questions above and posing questions of your own.

Event details:

The forum takes place on Saturday, 6 December (3.45-5.15pm) at Limatambo 4 & 5, Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Lima.

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