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One World, One Health: Recommendations to harness the power of landscapes

February 16, 2021
News item image The Global Landscapes Forum is a knowledge-led platform for sustainable land use.

The Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Biodiversity Conference in October 2020 focused on the relationship between biodiversity and health, and highlighted the power of landscapes for transformative change towards inclusivity and sustainability. The GLF together with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative created the One World, One Health report which synthesises perspectives from the session at the conference and provides policy recommendations to harness the power of landscapes to achieve biodiversity and restoration targets for 2030 and 2050. In particular, the recommendations can support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The report presents five key paradigm shifts, each accompanied by recommendations of changes of direction of policy to achieve the shift, and pathways providing specific examples of frameworks and tools to make progress. The paradigm shifts are quotes as follows:

  1. Integration of the Landscape Approach and the One Health Approach across all sectoral policies and actions.
  2. Mobilization of finance to support best practices for biodiversity.
  3. Decolonization of conservation and restoration language, knowledge and actions.
  4. Environmental justice and intergenerational equity mainstreamed across all sectoral policies and actions.
  5. Transformative change towards collective action for biodiversity embraced.

For details of how these paradigm shifts can be achieved, read the report here.