Evidence-based forestry

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CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren gave this presentation on 10 April 2013 at the UNFF side event in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Evidence-based forestry

  1. 1.  Speakers:• Peter Holmgren, Director General CIFOR• Niels Elers Koch, President of IUFRO• Gillian Petrokofsky, Oxford University Interactive session:• What are the priority policy questions, according to YOU? Discussion
  2. 2. VisionCIFOR vision:Forests on the agenda - Value of forests recognizedDecisions that influence forests and people supported by solidscience and principles of good governance
  3. 3.  Sustainable landscapes: Forests are an integral part ofthe landscape and essential for livelihoods as well as long-term resilience and productivity of food systems. We mustbridge institutional boundaries and find integratedsolutions. Green growth: Policies for a green economy shouldgenerate sustainable forest products and services, ensuregood governance of natural resources, and reduce poverty.
  4. 4. Evidence-based forestry Background to the EBF initiative Experience in other sectors Are we using evidence properly in forestry? Are we referring to evidence properly in forestry? Is forestry science reliable / relied on? How inform UNFF process (and other forest-related processes)?
  5. 5. What is it all about?
  6. 6. What is it NOT about? Does not provide the answers or solutions• The evidence-base (or lack of it) is one ingredient indecision-making Does not rely (only) on experts for prioritizingpolicy questions• Also experts have agendas to defend Does not replace policy processes• It is not a way to avoid taking responsibility for decisions
  7. 7. What is the EBF collaboration? CIFOR, IUFRO, CATIE, CIRAD, ICRAF, University of Oxford• Have agreed to initiate the EBF collaboration• Drawing from examples of collaborations in other sectors• CIFOR leads initial phase, including capacity building Progress• Scoping, training, recruitment• Initial set of systematic reviews• Involvement of broader range of partners and stakeholders
  8. 8. What next? This is a collaborative initiative. We expect the outputs of this initiative to behighly relevant to UNFF and others. We hope you will help bridge science and policy. We want you and your institutions to participate. We will start today with an interactive session.

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