Landscapes for a new climate and development agenda

The Global Landscapes Forum, held alongside the UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, aims to create a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development.

The events bring thousands of negotiators, world leaders, researchers, civil society leaders, business leaders, practitioners and policymakers in agriculture, forestry and development, funding organizations, and media, making it the largest, most influential event outside the UNFCCC COP.

The World Resources Institute joins as an implementing partner in this year’s Forum, along with coordinating partners CIFOR, UNEP, the FAO, and others. WRI and partner projects will be featured throughout the program:

WRI forest events at the Global Landscape Forum include:

Date, Time

Venue, Room

Session Title, Speakers

December 6th, 13:00-13:40

ICA Room, 3rd floor, Westin Hotel, Lima

Launchpad preview of new Global Forest Watch data and analysis

  • Launch of a new partnership with Terra-i
  • Preview of Landsat-based tree cover loss alert system for Peru from Dr. Matt Hansen and the University of Maryland
  • Preview of new national maps of tree plantations
  • Preview of new global carbon maps from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Preview of new GFW "apps" for biodiversity and climate

December 6th, 13:45-15:15

Limatambo Ballroom (1 – 5), Westin Hotel, Lima

High-level opening plenary: Negotiating landscapes for multiple benefits

  • Andrew Steer, WRI, Moderator
  • Eduardo Rojas Briales, FAO, Opening Remarks
  • H.E. Minister Juan Manuel Benites Ramos, Peru, Opening Address
  • Rachel Kyte, World Bank, Keynote
  • Peter Holmgren, CIFOR, Keynote
  • Daniel Nepstad, World Earth Innovation Institute, Keynote
  • Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN, Keynote
  • Fabiola Muñoz-Dodero, Peruvian National Forest and Wildlife Service, Keynote

December 6th, 15:45-17:15

Limatambo 3, Westin Hotel, Lima

Technologies and innovations to better understand changes in land use

  • Frances Seymour, Center for Global Development, Moderator
  • Greg Asner, Carnegie Department of Global Ecology, Panelist
  • Matt Hansen, University of Maryland, Panelist
  • Sassan Saatchi, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Panelist
  • Lourdes Lopez, Mexican Congress Commission on Natural Resources, Panelist
  • Crystal Davis, WRI, Panelist

December 6th, 15:45-17:15

Urubamba & Arequipa, Westin Hotel, Lima

Securing rights as a climate change mitigation strategy

  • Benjamin Cashore, Yale University, Panelist
  • Tony La Viña, Ateneo School of Government, Philippines, Panelist
  • Caleb Stevens, World Resources Instititue, Panelist
  • Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations, Panelist
  • Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative, Panelist

December 7th, 11:30-13:00

Cusco 3, Westin Hotel, Lima

High-level launch of Initiative 20×20: Restoring landscapes across Latin America

Opening Remarks

  • H.E. Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment of Peru
  • Ruben Echeverría, General Director, CIAT
  • Jose Joaquín Campos, General Director, CATIE

Ministerial Panel Discussion

  • H.E. Minister Juan Manuel Benites Ramos, Minister of Agriculture of Peru
  • H.E. Minister Roberto Gabriel Delgado, Minister of Agriculture, Argentina
  • H.E. Minister Edgar Gutierrez Espeleta, Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica
  • H.E. Minister Enrique Martinez y Martinez, Secretary of Agriculture, Mexico
  • H.E. Minister Lorena Tapia Núñez, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
  • H.E. Minister Gabriel Vallejo López, Minister of Agriculture, Colombia
  • Vice Minister César Montero Suárez, Ministry of Environment, Guatemala

Impact Investor Panel Discussion

  • Keith Alger, Senior Vice President Americas and Africa, Rare
  • Clément Chenost, Investment Manager, Moringa Partnership
  • Christian del Valle, Founder and Manager Althelia Climate Fund
  • Leslie L. Durschinger, Founder and Managing Director, Terra Global
  • Stephen Rumsey, Chairman, Permian Global

Closing Remarks

  • Grethel Aguilar, Regional Director, IUCN
  • Ruben Echeverría, General Director, CIAT
  • Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute


WRI will also host and participate in a number of related events at COP 20 outside of the Global Landscapes Forum, including


Date, Time

Venue, Room

Session Title, Speakers

December 9th, 12:00-13:00

OSINFOR Offices, Lima

Announcement Partnership between GFW and Peru's OSINFOR

Announcing an new partnership between Global Forest Watch and the Organismo de Supervision de los Recursos Forestales y de Fauna Silvestre (OSINFOR), an independent government agency that oversees the implementation of forest management plans in concessions & private properties in Perú.

December 9th, 16:00-17:00

COP 20 Venue, The U.S. Center, Lima

Driven! Experiences in Addressing the Drivers of Deforestation

Nigel Sizer will join other panelists to present Global Forest Watch Commodities, an online platform that empowers companies to analyze the impact of key commodities on forests, using the latest and most powerful data available. Livestream available here. Note, a UNFCCC pass is required to attend this event.

December 12th, 13:45-14:15

COP 20 Venue, Room 1, Lima

Initiative 20×20 UNFCCC Side Event: with Sustainable Amazonia Foundation and SDSN-Amazonia

Note, a UNFCCC pass is required to attend this event.