Global Landscapes Forum Amazonia Digital Conference: The Tipping Point

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On 22-23 September 2021, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will host the largest global conference on the Amazon Biome, to bring to the fore local solutions to preserve and restore the biological and cultural diversity of the world’s largest humid tropical forest. This event will be held as 40 percent of the Amazon nears the tipping point of irreversibly losing its function as water generating rainforest – a catastrophe for human wellbeing and planetary health that can still be prevented if the world acts now.

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the global community’s attention to the social justice and ecological challenges – including climate change – that our societies face. As youth across the globe, as well as Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC), continue to demand today’s decision-makers to take meaningful action on climate change and sustainable finance, leaders across all sectors of society – both public and private – are beginning to rethink current economic models. As such, a unique opportunity exists to catalyze change for the Amazon. The two-day digital conference will take place during Climate Week 2021 (September 20-26), and lead into the 30th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

The event – and the activities and coverage in the months leading up to and following it – will serve to spotlight, amplify and support existing and ongoing locally-led initiatives and leading scientific research and campaigns. It will also provide a pathway for alliances, collaborations, outcomes, agreements, policy asks and recommendations to inform the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021. The conference invites practitioners; Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs); Afrodescendant Peoples (ADPs); quilombolas and maroons; peasant and women’s, farmers’, conservation, development and other civil society organizations; community leaders; researchers; policymakers; financial investors and private sector representatives; youth groups; activists; and other local and global actors to attend and engage.

The event will be packed with plenaries, interactive sessions, launchpads, networking opportunities and learning journeys designed to engage those living in, fighting for and/or trialing innovative business, farming and governance models within the Amazon Biome. A dedicated media training session for journalists from across the Amazon and a social media bootcamp will develop capacity and amplify reach and impact.

This conference will take place in Spanish, Portuguese, and English and is FREE for residents of Latin America.

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