Exciting examples of sustainable landscape management occur when governments, private organisations and civil society organisations work together to establish and finance new courses of action. There is a great flurry of new arrangements observing to these ‘landscape commons’. Similar to the Chamber of Commerce, we need more structural and vocal representation of these kind of financially viable, collaborative and (citizen) inclusive landscape projects. Socrates Schouten pitched on this at the Global Landscapes Forum 2018 in Bonn:
Sustainable landscapes are essential for food security, health, livelihoods, business and trade opportunities, including renewable materials and energy. International agreements play a critical role for development, as well as for biodiversity conservation, climate mitigation and adaptation or water security.
The Chamber of Commons is designed to represent the voices of communities and share the ideas and practices of successful collaborative projects such as in landscape restoration.
Working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the New York Declaration on Forests and the Paris Agreement, the Global Landscapes Forum 2018 in Bonn aimed to “reignite the flame” to accelerate and mobilize collective action on the ground.
The Talk was broadcast online to a global audience of tens of thousands. The video registration will be published here soon.