Sustainable forest management inCentral Africa - past, present, futurePeter Holmgren, Director-General CIFORYaoundé 22 May...
Outline Conference objectives and opportunities SFM in Central Africa CIFOR and Central Africa 3 issues:• Where to fro...
VisionCIFOR vision:Forests (and Landscapes) on the agenda – their values recognizedDecisions that influence forests and ...
How it started Founded in 1993 after Earth Summit inRio de Janeiro; 2013 is 20th Anniversary Founding sponsors were Aust...
Conference objectives Evaluate the impact of research, laws and policy on SFM Identify knowledge gaps Enhance collabora...
Opportunities! Strengthen the role of forestry in the broaderdevelopment agenda New partnerships across old boundaries i...
Progress of SFM in Central Africa UNCED 1992 – milestone• 3 conventions and forest principles• Focused importance of regi...
CIFOR and Central AfricaLong and deep engagementCertificationManagement planningNon-Timber Forest ProductsDomestic tim...
Issue
#1:
How
can
Forestrycontinue
to
be
relevantto
the
bigger
picture?
What defines our focus and priorities? Post-2015 development agenda• Sustainable Development Goals• Poverty reduction Fo...
Forestry and the bigger picture Politicalrelevance Positivecontributions Not onlyproblemsPovertyFood
securityClimate
ch...
Issue
#2:
We
need
the
Landscape
approachto
find
combined
solutions
Silos and fragmentationAgricultureForestryFisheriesCitiesPovertyBiodiversityFood
securityClimate
changeGreen
economyMDGWFS...
Sustainable Landscape framework (proposed)- objectives and performance measures• Landscapes are a large part ofsustainable...
Global Landscape Forum Warsaw 16-17 November 2013, at UNFCCC COP-19 Joins Forest and Agriculture Day Wide support from ...
Issue
#3:
We
need
to
strengthen
the
Science
‐
Policy
link.We
need
Evidence‐based
Forestry.

It is increasingly difficultto know what we know
Science does not provide the solutions…but without science, good solutions will not be found…BestscienceSociety’sneeds
&pr...
Evidence-based Forestry initiative
First tranche of key policy questions• Impacts
of
biofuel
crops
on
biodiversity• Gender,
forests
&
food
security• Concepts...
No
more
issues.

Take home messages Forestry contributes to broader developmentgoals – but this is often not well explained Sustainable L...
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CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren gave this presentation on 22 May 2013 at the opening session of a two-day policy and science conference entitled "Sustainable forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow", organized by CIFOR and its partners and held in Yaounde, Cameroon. This presentation gives an overview of the objectives of the conference and the broader issues of sustainable forest management.

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Sustainable forest management in Central Africa – past, present, future

  1. 1. Sustainable forest management inCentral Africa - past, present, futurePeter Holmgren, Director-General CIFORYaoundé 22 May 2013
  2. 2. Outline Conference objectives and opportunities SFM in Central Africa CIFOR and Central Africa 3 issues:• Where to from here? Putting SFM in context• Taking the Landscape approach• Science and Policy
  3. 3. VisionCIFOR vision:Forests (and Landscapes) on the agenda – their values recognizedDecisions that influence forests and people supported by solidscience and principles of good governance
  4. 4. How it started Founded in 1993 after Earth Summit inRio de Janeiro; 2013 is 20th Anniversary Founding sponsors were Australia,Sweden, Switzerland and the US Indonesia bid successfully to host CIFORheadquarters in Bogor Cameroon Regional Office opened in 1995
  5. 5. Conference objectives Evaluate the impact of research, laws and policy on SFM Identify knowledge gaps Enhance collaboration among research and policyinstitutions Provide a forum for stakeholders and leaders on forestmanagement and governance Clarify role of Central African forests in handling climatechange Highlight progress over the past 20 years
  6. 6. Opportunities! Strengthen the role of forestry in the broaderdevelopment agenda New partnerships across old boundaries in theLandscape Stimulate public and private investments
  7. 7. Progress of SFM in Central Africa UNCED 1992 – milestone• 3 conventions and forest principles• Focused importance of region Strengthened institutions• Regionally (CBFP, COMIFAC, CBFF)• and also Nationally Certification and trade Capacity developmentBut also challenges: Poverty and unrest Low return on investments Infrastructure
  8. 8. CIFOR and Central AfricaLong and deep engagementCertificationManagement planningNon-Timber Forest ProductsDomestic timber marketsUniversity educationState of Forests of the CongoBasinCOMIFAC collaborationForest ObservatoryRegional and national partnersConferences, networks,dissemination, media training
  9. 9. Issue
#1:
How
can
Forestrycontinue
to
be
relevantto
the
bigger
picture?
  10. 10. What defines our focus and priorities? Post-2015 development agenda• Sustainable Development Goals• Poverty reduction Food security aspirations, with increasing focus on• Nutrition and health• Climate-smart agriculture and food systems Handling climate change mitigation and adaptation• Rural communities and land-based sectors Maintaining biological diversity Green growth with equity• Return on investments in a green economy
  11. 11. Forestry and the bigger picture Politicalrelevance Positivecontributions Not onlyproblemsPovertyFood
securityClimate
changeBiodiversityGreen
economyMDGWFSUNFCCCCBDRio+20Sustainable
Development
“Big
5”Forestry
  12. 12. Issue
#2:
We
need
the
Landscape
approachto
find
combined
solutions
  13. 13. Silos and fragmentationAgricultureForestryFisheriesCitiesPovertyBiodiversityFood
securityClimate
changeGreen
economyMDGWFSUNFCCCCBDRio+20MDG1c MDG7a MDG7a MDG7dZerohungernil CCRF FCITnot
yet REDD ? indirectAWP FWPtbd tbd tbd tbdMWP ? An approximate mapping ofmajor intergovernmental actionsand the land-based sectors Land‐based
SectorsThe
“Big
5”
  14. 14. Sustainable Landscape framework (proposed)- objectives and performance measures• Landscapes are a large part ofsustainable development• Combined solutions needed• Strengthens role of sectors• Local stakeholders in chargeFramework needs to be:• Easy to understand• Applicable everywhere• Applicable on any scaleAll
measures
stable
or
improving
=
Sustainable
Landscape
  15. 15. Global Landscape Forum Warsaw 16-17 November 2013, at UNFCCC COP-19 Joins Forest and Agriculture Day Wide support from all key partners
  16. 16. Issue
#3:
We
need
to
strengthen
the
Science
‐
Policy
link.We
need
Evidence‐based
Forestry.

  17. 17. It is increasingly difficultto know what we know
  18. 18. Science does not provide the solutions…but without science, good solutions will not be found…BestscienceSociety’sneeds
&preferencesExpertopinionEBFBeware
of
experts’
bias!
  19. 19. Evidence-based Forestry initiative
  20. 20. First tranche of key policy questions• Impacts
of
biofuel
crops
on
biodiversity• Gender,
forests
&
food
security• Concepts
of
science
quality
&
research
evaluation• Biodiversity
benefits
of
“alternative
livelihood”
projects
• Property
rights
and
the
environment
  21. 21. No
more
issues.

  22. 22. Take home messages Forestry contributes to broader developmentgoals – but this is often not well explained Sustainable Landscapes can be part of a newdevelopment narrative Our plans for the future must be evidence-basedThank you for your attention!

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