Initiatives

TFD operationalizes its work through initiatives. These initiatives are designed to engage and mobilize stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to explore contentious, internationally-relevant issues surrounding the forest sector. Initiatives comprise a series of dialogues that ensure stakeholders’ concerns are well represented through a dynamic, bottom-up approach — resulting in agreed-upon and actionable outcomes to resolve natural resource conflicts.

Initiatives are divided into three phases following TFD’s process of engage, explore, and change. An initiative begins with Steering Committee members proposing an issue and corresponding conflict that need solving. A concept note is drafted, an advisory committee comes together to frame major ‘fracture lines’ or contentious issues, and a determination on how dialogue can potentially aid in moving beyond said challenges is made. A scoping dialogue is often an initiative’s first dialogue. The scoping brings together a cross-cutting group of globally relevant stakeholders to understand an issue’s points of contention, information gaps, and the role (or lack thereof) of dialogue in addressing the issue. These dialogues orient the initiative, build trust for future dialogues, and improve understanding of the issue. Based on outputs from the scoping dialogue, a plan for the initiative is created, often including subsequent dialogues in specific countries to explore country-level scenarios or more globally focused dialogues. Field dialogues that allow stakeholders to explore critical themes identified in the scoping dialogue in the field and in local contexts around the globe is an important component of many dialogue processes. Though many of TFD’s initiatives involve convening multiple dialogues, some initiatives will not progress beyond the scoping. Regardless of the number of dialogues, an initiative will conclude after the ‘change’ phase - during which major findings, outcomes, and recommendations for action that came up through the initiative are synthesized in reports and communicated with relevant actors to move ideas into action.

There is no fixed duration for an initiative to progress through the TFD process however all initiatives will conclude at some point and transition from being an ‘active’ to a ‘past’ initiative. Though TFD is no longer actively working on ‘past’ initiatives - the learnings continue to influence TFD’s work and knowledge captured through the dialogue process continues to be integrated and shared within TFD’s network and across the forest sector more broadly. To date, TFD has organized dialogues under 17 initiatives and is actively working on 4: The Land Use Dialogue (LUD), Understanding Deforestation Free (UDF), Tree Plantations in the Landscape (TPL), and Land Tenure Reform (LTR). Additionally, TFD is in the process of launching a Climate Positive Forest Products (CPFP) initiative as well as formulating a future umbrella initiative on Forests and Climate that will involve a number of sub-initiatives that are directly related to exploring the role forests can play in addressing climate change.

Active Initiatives
Additional Initiatives