From October 9 to October 11, 2003, thirty stakeholders came together in Santa Cruz de Cabralia, Brazil for a dialogue convened by TFD. The focus of the discussion was on forestry and biodiversity conservation. The meeting provided an opportunity for members of environmental groups, the forests products industry, landowner groups and academia to exchange information and ideas on the key factors needed to achieve successful biodiversity conservation and business outcomes in forest regions. The dialogue included a tour of conservation and plantation operations in the Atlantic Forest region of Brazil. The group reviewed cases of successful conservation projects and examined the obstacles to wider acceptance and implementation of these forest conservation efforts. The dialogue concluded with several recommended follow-up activities. TFD is committed to continuing these discussion and where possible collaborating with others.
9 - 11 October 2003