XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Landscape forestry in the tropics: Science meets policy

May 2, 2022 | 12:30 PM KST - 2:00 PM KST

Conference Room 301B


“Forests for people” is a plea in the international forestry agenda. But tropical forests are still threatened by deforestation and forest degradation at an alarming rate. How can drivers of change be converted to foster forest-based livelihoods and contribute to conservation and restoration of ecosystem services at landscape scale? Are protected areas, incentive mechanisms or other policy measures effective? How can land use planning, forest governance and sustainable livelihoods provide synergies to prepare intact forest landscapes with increasing charcoal, fuelwood and timber demands? The side event will address these questions presenting key research findings of the Landscape Forestry in the Tropics (LaForeT) project from 36 landscapes across the tropics. It sheds light on addressing drivers of deforestation and degradation and improving forest governance in Ecuador, Philippines and Zambia. Additionally, consequences on livelihoods and ecosystem services (e.g. carbon, provisioning services and biodiversity indicators) are analysed. Results are presented by short presentations and a poster session to provide state-of-the art evidence on how strongly livelihoods are depending on wood resources in tropical rural areas. Policy implications derived from LaForeT results will be reflected together with invited speakers from Ecuador, Philippines and Zambia during a panel discussion. Discussions will put emphasis on how sustainable forest management and conservation measures can be combined with the livelihood needs of local populations, and which form of policy measures e.g. command and control or community-based initiatives can be of support in this regard. The side event provides a platform where “science-meets-policy”. It discusses the way forward in combating deforestation and forest degradation in the Global South, and why landscape-based approaches need to receive more attention in policy processes such as REDD+ and Forest Landscape Restoration initiatives.

Convening organizations

Thünen Institute of Forestry, Germany Copperbelt University, Zambia Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Ecuador University of the Philippines Los Baños Ministry of the Environment, Water and Ecological Transition, Ecuador Forest Foundation Philippines WeForest, Zambia

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