Over the last 3 years, The Forests Dialogue (TFD), partnering with the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative, organized a series of country-level dialogues on the promise of—and challenges to—locally controlled forestry (LCF). The effort engaged over 400 forest owners, investors, NGOs, governments and intergovernmental agencies from over 60 countries. One of the results of this monumental effort is the Guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry.
If Trees Could Talk moves through TFD’s structure and approach, from its three-part methodology “Engage! Explore! Change!” to the internal diversification of voices and an expanded focus from the economic and ecological importance of forests to integrating social and cultural values.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a scoping dialogue on Intensively Managed Planted Forests (IMPF) from 4-5 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. The dialogue brought together 25 experts from diverse sectors, including civil society organizations, forestry companies, NGOs and research organizations to discuss initiatives and work already underway in relation to IMPF, and how a TFD initiative might complement them.
This second IMPF scoping-dialogue aimed to: