Forests for People
What do woods, gender, satellite maps and nuts have in common with forests? The answer might be simple. A common agenda to keep the world’s forests forever. However, the big question is how we can attain sustainable forest governance?
March 21 is celebrated as the International Forests Day. The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and partners – the Bioversity International and CIPAV – decided to share rich and diverse knowledge through a 90 minutes seminar.
The theme of this scientific seminar was apt: Forests for People. The ‘lightning talk’ mode of the seminar touched upon wide range of topics with the forests and people as the key focus.
Introduction: Carolina Navarrete, Coordinator of the Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA), introduced the seminar highlighting the significance of collaborative work on forest that cross-cut with agriculture, climate, food security, gender, mapping, non-timber forest products, and biodiversity. She encouraged further strengthening of the existing cross-cutting collaborations among different stakeholders and partners working on forest governance.
Sustainable Forest Governance: Keynote speech (via skype) by Prof. Han van Dijk, forest engineer and anthropologist with 25 years of experience in Africa – fragile and conflict states and natural resource management, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. “I think the five key future challenges for the Sustainable Forest governance (SFM) are mitigation of climate change through forests and trees; knowledge base; reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and forest tenure reform; gender equity; and multiple uses of forests” said van Dijk.
CGIAR Research Program (CRP 6) on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry: Livelihoods and Governance: Glenn Hyman, GIS expert and the CRP 6 focal contact at CIAT provided an outline on forest related research under the CRP 6 program. Hyman stressed on the on-going activities related to livelihood themes, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and trade theme, the sentinel landscapes and mainstreaming gender in forests.
Silvopastoral systems for forest protection: Julián Chará, Coordinator of Center for Research on Sustainable Systems of Agriculture Production (CIPAV) presented the urgency to promote silvopastoral systems in Latin America, in particular in Colombia. “CIPAV advocates the Intensive Silvopastoral Systems (ISS) because it increases efficiency of biological processes by combining fodder shrubs, pastures and timber trees” said Chará.
“Mapforgen is an atlas for the conservation of forest genetic resources” explains Evert Thomas, Associate Expert at the Bioversity International, Colombia. Evert highlighted Mapforgen as a platform where knowledge is exchanged with and between local communities and partners. He encouraged everyone to become member of the Latin American knowledge sharing platform on forest genetic resources network – Laforgen.
Forests for People: through Gender Lens. Purabi Bose, Social Scientist and the CRP 6 Gender expert at CIAT explains that “gender equity and gender mainstreaming are critical for sustainable forest management. ‘Gender equity’ is also about who represents and how”. “We need policy that promotes equitable forest land tenure rights, access to forest resources, and empowerment for both marginalized men and women to participate in the decision-making process of sustainable forest governance” mentions Bose.
Amazonian Brazil nut and Climate variability: Julian Moll-Rock is an ecologist and Harvard fellow affiliated with the DAPA presented his collaborative work with the Bioversity International and CIAT. “Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) is an edible seed of a large tree found exclusively in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador and is vulnerable to climate variability” explains Julian.
Terra-i: Alejandro Coca-Castro, Louis Reymondin and team from the DAPA presented the Terra-i, an open source and free-of-charge satellite based monitoring system for deforestation in Latin America. They envisage making the Terra-i technique useful to other parts of the world. For more details on this interesting initiative kindly also check webpage: www.terra-i.org
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