GLF Climate, University of Glasgow, UK. © GLF

Global Landscapes Forum

By the end of 2021, the GLF had reached 1.5 billion people, establishing it as the leading global movement on sustainable landscapes. The GLF’s connection with communities, grassroots actors and local change-makers, as well as large, multilateral donors puts it in a unique position to catalyse transformative change at scale. In 2021, the GLF continued to seek solutions and rally action to solve the most urgent challenges of our time. It ran three major hybrid or full digital events, GLF Africa, GLF Amazonia and GLF Climate, with 900 speakers and 18,000 participants from 186 countries. 2021 also saw the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration with the GLF as its core partner.

GLF Flagship Programs

Sustainable Investment and Value Chains – shifting financial flows towards sustainable land-use models through the only global forum focused on nature-based investment, GLF Investment Case, and contributing to FOLUR - Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program. Knowledge & Learning – providing free, online learning opportunities. Twenty thousand people have completed courses on the Landscape Academy, developed by world class institutions and led by experts. Pioneering Youth Leadership – growing global movement of 60,000 young people in 160 countries. The second edition of the Restoration Stewards program funds and highlights the work of six youth-led restoration projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Digital Knowledge Commons – building a digital community that co-produces knowledge, information, content and experience across geographies, positions and perspectives on digital platforms. Community-led GLFx Chapters – fostering community-led action on the ground through independently organized local chapters worldwide.

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event participants from 185 countries


leading global development institutions serving as Charter Members

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reached through media outreach in 2021


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Harnessing the power of forests, trees and agroforestry


In 2021, as the Covid-19 pandemic started to turn a corner and new hope sprang from the launch of global initiatives on restoration and land use, CIFOR-ICRAF completed a successful three-year merger process, finishing the year with a project pipeline of USD 430 million and fully harmonized management, research and regional processes.

This report highlights some of our solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, climate change, dysfunctional food systems, unsustainable supply and value chains, and inequality. Achievements include informing national policies in Peru and Viet Nam, applying new technologies in the Congo Basin and India, and co-creating solutions with partners and communities in Indonesia and Cameroon – all while integrating considerations of the rights of women, Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) has reached over one billion people. The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) wrapped up 10 years of impact. And Resilient Landscapes is fast becoming a nexus between science, business and finance, with projects starting in Papua New Guinea, Serbia and Brazil.

With the momentum of a combined 70 years’ experience, CIFOR-ICRAF is forging ahead with its valued partners, finding new ways to harness the transformative power of forests, trees and agroforestry for a more resilient future.