Plantation forests - even-aged stands of a single tree species established primarily for wood production - are one of the defining features and, against many criteria, one of the successes of forestry in the past century. Plantation forest extent increased from negligible to c. 190 M ha; they currently contribute c.
From March 7-10, 2005, more than 120 leaders from business, civil society,
government and academia met in Hong Kong to explore collaborative
strategies for combating illegal logging in Asia and throughout the world.
This meeting was convened by The Forests Dialogue (TFD), an international
organization which provides a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogues on
Illegal logging in Indonesia, Brazil, the Congo Basin, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Cambodia
and elsewhere results in social conflict and violence, costs governments billions of dollars in
lost taxes, and causes great harm to forests. A significant amount of this illegally cut wood
enters global trade depressing the prices of wood products and presenting unfair competition
On October 19-21, 2004, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a dialogue in Maidenhead, England “to foster interactive dialogue on the creation of market conditions that encourage informed choices about the acceptability of the growing number of forest certification systems in the marketplace.”
The issue of forest certification has been a particularly compelling one for TFD since its inception
because forest certification has generated significant discussion and controversy over the last
decade. Currently, the debate is focused on how to assess which of the existing schemes is
From October 9 to October 11, 2003, thirty participants met in Santa Cruz
de Cabrália, Brazil to discuss issues related to forestry and biodiversity conversation.
This meeting was convened by The Forests Dialogue (TFD), an
on-going international, multi-stakeholder dialogue process focused on forest
Convened by The Forests Dialogue, thirty participants met in Brazil to discuss issues related to forestry and biodiversity conversation. The participants represented environmental groups and the forest products industry, as well as representatives from landowner groups and academia.
Most stakeholders would agree that the conservation of biodiversity in forested
systems, wherever possible, is a good thing and something that we should all strive to achieve.
Beyond this, there may be little consensus or agreement on this issue. Most stakeholders have
their own definitions and preferred means to achieve biodiversity conservation. The conservation
On October 16-18 2002, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on forest certification (hereafter referred to as the Geneva Dialogue).To our knowledge this was the first time such a broad, international cross-section of forest certification leadership and advocacy met for informal discussion to achieve the following objectives: