Over the next 30-40 years, food, fibre, and fuel production will compete even more intensively for limited land and water resources. Maintaining natural forests requires forestry and farming practices that produce more with less land, water and pollution, and new consumption patterns that meet the needs of the poor while eliminating waste and over-consumption by the affluent.
One of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is how to meet the needs of a growing human population and growing development pressures with the resources of a single planet. Key projections from influential models and reports forecast:
• 0.9 billion people are currently under-‐nourished
• Global population will surpass 9 billion by 2050;
Decades of research and overwhelming evidence underline the important roles women play in forest use, management and protection. But, in many parts of the world, women are still largely excluded from the forest sector at local, professional, institutional and policy levels, especially in relation to forest governance, benefit sharing, and policymaking.
Despite decades of research and the existence of overwhelming evidence of the important role women play in forest use, management and protection, women are largely excluded from the forestry sector on a number of levels. This paper examines this exclusion and its probable causes, at the local, professional, institutional and policy levels.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) with the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (MECNT), the National REDD Coordination (CN-REDD) and “le Cercle pour la Defense de ’Environnement (CEDEN)” held a five day field dialogue on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Bas Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The aim of this short briefing paper is to provide some basic information about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in order to help visitors better understand the context of this DRC field dialogue.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) held a four day multi-stakeholder Field Dialogue on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) in Växjö, Sweden from 16th to 19th April, 2012.
There are a few things that distinguish Swedish forests and forestry from many other parts of the world:
Flat ground. Only a tiny fraction of our forests grow on real steep slopes or in high mountainous areas. Our forest ground is normally quite flat, which makes it easy to grow and harvest timber.
This report draws on The Forests Dialogue’s REDD+ readiness dialogue series, which took place in six countries — Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, Ecuador, Cambodia and Switzerland — between October 2009 and March 2011.
Under the right conditions, locally controlled forestry (LCF) can be a strong contributor to local livelihoods, forest protection and sustainable and equitable development. Creating the right conditions, however, needs the right sort of investment.