Despite decades of work on forest policy, The Forests Dialogue’s (TFD) initiatives continue to face the question: who should own and control forests? Across the world, insecure tenure to land and forests threatens the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the people who depend on them. Resolving tenure can avert conflict, ensure equity, and sustain ecological integrity.
Tree plantations currently provide a third of the world’s industrial wood, a proportion expected to increase significantly in coming decades. They also have potential to deliver environmental services and social benefits, such as combating climate change and implementing conservation efforts.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a field dialogue on Understanding Deforestation-
Free (UDF) in Gabon on 14 – 19 October in Mouila, the capital of Gabon’s Ngounié
Province. The dialogue brought together 58 stakeholders, including international and
Gabon forest sector and commodity supply chain stakeholders from industry, civil society,
The Second meeting of the Ihemi Cluster LUD took place on June 12-15 with an intent to build on the lessons learned and prioritized actions emerging from the first meeting. The dialogue covered three days of field and plenary sessions supported by breakout sessions and group work.
From 21-24 October The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a broad group of
stakeholders in Sykyvkar, Republic of Komi, Russian Federation to discuss how
forests and forest industry contribute to rural livelihoods. Komi provided a local
context for this discussion, which also drew on experience and perspective from New
In order to identify the major challenges and possible solutions, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) SUSTAIN Initiative, the SAGCOT Green Reference Group (GRG), the Ihemi Green Reference Group (IGRG), The Forests Dialogue (TFD) and EcoAgriculture Partners convened a Land Use Dialogue (LUD) in the Ihemi Cluster in Tanzania with the following objectives: