ABOUT THE WRITER
Appointed in 2012, Dr. Peter Holmgren is the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he leads a team of more than 200 scientists and staff operating together with partner institutions in over 40 countries. Under his leadership, CIFOR updated its strategy in 2016, emphasizing the role of forestry in achieving each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Holmgren has a PhD in Forestry and 26 years of experience in international forestry and agriculture. Prior to CIFOR, Dr. Holmgren worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where he led FAO’s work on climate change and its contributions to the UNFCCC process. While at FAO he also coordinated the Global Forest Resources Assessment, played a leading role in establishing the UN-REDD program and led the development of the Climate Smart Agriculture concept. Dr. Holmgren is credited for leading the dialogue to enhance and broaden the role of forestry in the Global Development Agenda to address the major challenges of our time: poverty, food security, climate change and green economy. An early champion of the landscape approach, Dr. Holmgren launched the Global Landscapes Forum, which is today the world’s largest conference on integrated land use.
BY THIS WRITER
DG’s Column - 8 Dec 2014Landscapes approach strengthens all sectors
CIFOR’s Director General challenges participants to "think big" at the Global Landscape Forum in Lima.
DG’s Column - 1 Dec 2014Forum links science, policy, sectors at turning point for climate, development
The Global Landscapes Forum 2014 draws together 91 organizations to answer the 'How?' of sustainable development.
DG’s Column - 26 Nov 2014Mainstreaming emission reductions across the landscape
CIFOR's Director General outlines five issues that can bring about the transformational change REDD+ requires.
DG’s Column - 3 Nov 2014Negotiating the landscape approach
The Global Landscapes Forum provides an appropriate platform for discussing the landscape approach.
DG’s Column - 23 Sep 2014Climate Summit statements: Agriculture + Forests = Landscapes?
Two statements from the summit provide a compelling agenda for the world's landscapes.
DG’s Column - 19 Sep 2014Think beyond forests for a powerful climate solution. Think landscapes
Forests will be high on the agenda amid the negotiations, debates and search for solutions – and rightfully so.
DG’s Column - 3 Sep 2014Ebola and forestry — an urgent scientific challenge
As the media frenzy mounts, major questions remain unanswered.