Since 2009, in line with international level developments, Vietnam has taken significant steps to align its forestry sector with REDD+ and to develop the national capacity and infrastructure for this global initiative.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a scoping dialogue on REDD+ Benefit Sharing hosted by the World Bank on 23-24 March 2013. The dialogue engaged 40 experts (Annex 1) representing a wide spectrum of stakeholder groups including government, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous Peoples, community members, inter-governmental organizations and research institutes.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a second exploratory meeting—a “Scoping Dialogue”—of 28 leaders in the forest sector with an interest in the topic of genetically-modified (GM) trees, in Gland, Switzerland, on 17-18 October 2012. This
Over the last 3 years, The Forests Dialogue (TFD), partnering with the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative, organized a series of country-level dialogues on the promise of—and challenges to—locally controlled forestry (LCF). The effort engaged over 400 forest owners, investors, NGOs, governments and intergovernmental agencies from over 60 countries.
Building on the wealth of information produced by various entities on Benefit Sharing to date, this paper will provide an overview of 1) the current international context on Benefit Sharing 2) main challenges in development and implementation of Benefit Sharing at country and project levels 3) some suggested ways forward.
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.
On 11 September, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) teamed up with IUCN to lead a timely “mini-dialogue” on the current challenges related to REDD+ benefit sharing. This dialogue was designed to serve as a platform for sharing current thinking around benefit sharing and for brainstorming possibilities for future collaboration among participants.
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.
This paper has been prepared for The Forests Dialogue’s Scoping Dialogue on genetically-modified forest (GM) forest trees. TFD “stimulates multi-stakeholder platforms for discussion, reflection and the promotion of collaborative solutions to difficult issues facing forests and people”.