XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Addressing complexities in fire and forests: Stakeholder engagement for risk reduction and resilience

May 3, 2022 | 6:00 PM KST - 7:30 PM KST

Conference Room 327A


Recent wildfires demonstrate how governments, communities and businesses are challenged in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from wildfire with few good examples of fire threats bringing formerly-opposing interests together to develop better ways of reducing wildfire risks and increasing resilience in the face of climate change. The multiple, complex dimensions of wildfire risks, risk management and response, and the conflicts that arise in each of these arenas, suggest a role for The Forests Dialogue (TFD) structured dialogue process. Current international processes foster dialogue and networks between groups such as fire researchers (IUFRO), fire managers (e.g. International Association of Wildland Fire), or government forest agencies (e.g. FAO), but not between these landscapes, agriculture, or planning and other stakeholders and forest owners, forestry business, and their local communities. This side event will introduce TFD’s Fire Initiative, discussing outputs of a Scoping Dialogue to frame the role and focus of the Initiative, identify a series of field dialogues that inform its objectives. Participants of the event will have a chance to listen to and offer input to key partners within a series of thematic learning dialogues. Expected themes to be discussed: How dialogues can catalyse constructive engagement with wildfire issues across the full spectrum of sectors and stakeholders in each context. The way to convene dialogue and initiative reports exploring the full reality of wildfires, informed by the full spectrum of sectors and stakeholders. A clear articulation of “effective action for reducing the risks and increasing the resilience of forested landscapes and people to wildfires” in local and global contexts. Identifying and expounding on series of well tested interventions that can be scaled up by national and regional key issues to address the fracture lines in the wildfire dialogue.

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The Forests Dialogue

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ST 1: Turning the tide: reversing deforestation and degradation

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