Co-Chairs’ Summary Report: Field Dialogue on Tree Plantations in the Landscape (TPL)

7 October 2016

The Forests Dialogue (TFD) and the Chilean Forests Dialogue hosted an international field dialogue on Tree Plantations in the Landscape (TPL) in Chile from May 31-June 3, 2016.  Today we are pleased to announce the publication of the Co-Chairs Summary Report. The report, which is available in both English and Spanish versions, captures key issues that emerged from the dialogue and concludes with clear takeaways and next steps.

TFD and our partners warmly welcome you to engage with the report and to discuss and share it throughout your networks. 

Photos from the field dialogue can be found here.

Background of the TPL Field Dialogue in Chile:

The Chile dialogue was the first in a series of TPL field dialogues that applied the learnings from and key priority topic identified during the TPL initiative scoping dialogue - held in September 2015 in Durban, South Africa - to the Chilean context.  Namely, the Chile dialogue explored:

  1. Plantation forests in the context of the global development agenda & megatrends, and in the contexts of development at multiple scales, from global to local.
  2. The design and implementation of plantation forests in the context of a landscape approach, and at different scales & geographies.
  3. Approaches to enable good governance and inclusive development.
  4. Identifying key externalities associated with the development and management of plantation forests, from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders; identifying gaps in knowledge; and considering the net impacts and externalities of plantation forestry as key decision criteria.
  5. The diversification of the forms and species composition of plantation forests, the sustainability of plantation forestry systems, and access to and use of new technologies.


The TPL Field Dialogue in Chile had the following objectives:

  1. Incorporate experiences from Chile in the international arena to add to discussions on key themes, such as landscapes, land use, local development and impact mitigation.
  2. Understand a participatory methodology for discussion and collaborative work that allows groups with distinct interests and objectives advance toward a common vision, while also representing their diverse interests.
  3. Have the opportunity to share visions of how the tree plantation sector contributes to the development of sustainability challenges.
  4. Explore diverse forms of coexistence for diverse, productive, recreational and cultural activities and land uses.
  5. Share experiences on the prevention, mitigation, and management of impacts from the tree plantation sector.

The Chile dialogue was sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). For more information on the priority topics of the TPL Initiative and the outcomes of the initial Scoping Dialogue in Durban, please see the TPL Initiative Paper (English | Spanish).


Co-Chairs’ Summary: Field Dialogue on Tree Plantations in the Landscape (TPL) in Chile (English | Spanish)