Convened by The Forests Dialogue, thirty participants met in Brazil to discuss issues related to forestry and biodiversity conversation. The participants represented environmental groups and the forest products industry, as well as representatives from landowner groups and academia.
Most stakeholders would agree that the conservation of biodiversity in forested
systems, wherever possible, is a good thing and something that we should all strive to achieve.
Beyond this, there may be little consensus or agreement on this issue. Most stakeholders have
their own definitions and preferred means to achieve biodiversity conservation. The conservation
On October 16-18 2002, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on forest certification (hereafter referred to as the Geneva Dialogue).To our knowledge this was the first time such a broad, international cross-section of forest certification leadership and advocacy met for informal discussion to achieve the following objectives: