The Global Landscape Forum Kyoto 2019

The Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Kyoto 2019 took place in Kyoto, Japan, from 13th to 17th May 2019 with the theme of “Climate, Landscapes and Lifestyles: It is Not Too Late”.

GLF Kyoto 2019 brought together representatives from government, the private sector, development agencies, youth, indigenous peoples, civil society, science, project implementers and media, to share ideas and practical experiences on how to move from commitment to action in creating more sustainable landscapes. This included identifying nature-based solutions in climate adaptation and mitigation for a climate-smart future.  

Based on recent studies that the prevention of irreversible climate catastrophes requires the world’s population to commit to transformative change within the next decade, the event appealed to the world to pursue all necessary measures and advance concrete actions toward ‘net zero’ carbon dioxide emissions around 2050.  This will help to keep the global average temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius on the basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5-degree special report. One of the key outcomes of GLF Kyoto 2019 was the announcement by the city of Kyoto that it would reach zero emissions by 2050.

GLF is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use as a critical part of the climate solution, and is dedicated to achieving the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement.

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