G20 Global Land Initiative and Greenstorm Foundation partner to host a global photography competition

August 23, 2023

The G20 Global Land Initiative Coordination Office of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Greenstorm Foundation from India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-host the 15th edition of the Greenstorm Global Photography Festival.

This new partnership recognizes that the creative community has the power to drive change towards sustainability, as creatives help people to reconnect to their lands and the planet.

The Greenstorm Global Photography Festival is set to open on 1 September 2023, and will run until 22 April 2024. Under the theme of “Beautiful Landscapes”, this year’s festival is about celebrating the beauty of the land around us to foster dialogue and inspire action in landscape restoration.

In 15 years, the Greenstorm Photography Festival has evolved into a prestigious platform that showcases photographers’ ingenuity and artistic prowess. It is creating awareness and passion for environmental conservation through visual storytelling.

The festival is among the activities the Initiative Coordination Office is carrying out to promote land restoration globally to ensure the twenty leading economies in the world, known as the G20, reach their ambition for 2040: to restore 50 percent of all degraded land.

The leaders of the G20 countries in 2020 established the Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats (Global Land Initiative or GLI) under Saudi Arabia’s Presidency. 

Dr Muralee Thummarukudy, Director of the Global Land Initiative Coordination Office, emphasised the significance of the theme, stating: “By focusing on the beauty of the landscapes around us, the theme calls us to reflect on how people and nature are connected and the pivotal role we must play going forward to safeguard, restore and preserve our beautiful landscapes for our benefit and that of future generations.”

Dileep Narayanan, Managing Trustee of the Greenstorm Foundation, expressed great pleasure in the partnership. He said: “We are honoured to partner with the G20 Global Land Initiative for this edition. We firmly believe that through the power of photography, we can foster a deeper appreciation and inspire positive change for our natural world.”  

Details of the Festival will be released in the coming days.

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