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“Working Across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area”

From Aspiration to Action

20-22 February 2018 | Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy

Highlights for Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area

On Wednesday morning, participants met in parallel thematic sessions to discuss valuing forest ecosystem services, and strengthening small-scale producers and their organizations.

In plenary, participants heard key messages from thematic sessions on: people-centred approaches to integrated landscape management; agroforestry and silvo-pastoral systems; forest management and landscape restoration; sustainable agricultural production approaches; achieving corporate commitments and zero deforestation initiatives for agricultural commodities; forest products value chains in the bio-economy; valuing forest ecosystem services; and strengthening small-scale producers and their organizations. Then, they heard keynote presentations.

Sharon Dijksma, Member of Parliament, the Netherlands, highlighted the need for transformative action, noting the international community has "the instruments, the processes, the political commitment and the goals to halt deforestation and increase forest area," and needs to make the shift towards action.

Presenting on a private sector perspective, Howard-Yana Shapiro, Mars, Incorporated, called for focusing on solely five performance standards: productivity, profitability, environmental stewardship, good governance and management, and social inclusion.

Salina Abraham, President, International Forestry Students Association (IFSA), urged to "shake the coconut" and shift the way in which international fora addresses deforestation, to reach broader audiences. She advocated considering youth and indigenous peoples as valuable partners, rather than just stakeholders to be consulted.

In the afternoon, parallel sessions addressed the theme of forest-smart policies and governance. Participants discussed issues related to cross-sectoral policy coordination, and improving land governance.

Later on, discussions turned to the role of different stakeholders, and implementing forest law enforcement, governance and trade instruments (FLEGT). In a keynote address on the lessons learned from FLEGT initiatives to halt deforestation, Charles Barber, World Resources Institute (WRI), highlighted the key role of effective multi-stakeholder participation, which requires adequate counsel and support. Challenges highlighted in the session included: addressing corruption; putting in place effective land tenure arrangements; and expanding collaboration across demand-side countries to ensure a level-playing field in the timber market.

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Plenary Session

Chun Lai, Moderator, Independent Environmental Services Professional

Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated, with Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Department, FAO

Sheam Satkuru, Assistant Director of Operations, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Sharon Dijksma, Chair, Forest Alliance Initiative, Member of the Dutch Parliament

Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated

Clayton Campanhola, Strategic Programme Leader, FAO

Salina Abraham, Youth Coordinator, Global Landscapes Forum - President, International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA)

Valuing forest ecosystem services

From L-R: Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre; Bhaskar Vira, Professor of Political Economy, University of Cambridge; Alexander Buck, Executive Director, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); Jorge Mario Rodriguez Zuñiga, Executive Director, National Fund for Forest Finance, Costa Rica; and Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre

Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director, ITTO

Alexander Buck, Executive Director, IUFRO

Strengthening small-scale producers and their organizations

From L-R: Ben Valk, Head, Food and Agriculture Partnerships, Rabobank; Peter deMarsh, Chair, International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA); Monica Gabay, Planning and Environmental Policy Secretariat, Argentina; James Mayers, Director, Natural Resources, International Institute for Environment and Development; Jeffrey Y. Campbell, Team Leader, Manager, Forest and Farm Facility, FAO; Vu Le Y Voan, Vice Director, International Cooperation Department, Viet Nam National Farmers Union; Marcedonio Cortave, President, Association of Forest Communities of Petén (ACOFOP), Guatemala; and Tint Swe, Director of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar

James Mayers, Director, Natural Resources, International Institute for Environment and Development

Jeffrey Y. Campbell, Team Leader, Manager, Forest and Farm Facility, FAO

Vu Le Y Voan, Vice Director, International Cooperation Department, Viet Nam National Farmers Union

Tint Swe, Director of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar

Marcedonio Cortave, President, ACOFOP, Guatemala

Cross-sectoral policy coordination

View of the dais during the session

Catalina Santamaria, Programme Officer, Forests, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat

Anthony McKenzie, Director of Environmental Management and Conservation, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica

Sidney Medeiros, Rural Inspector, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Food Supply, Brazil

Mehmet Mustafa Gozukara, Director-General of Combating Desertification and Erosion, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey (right), with his translator

Improving land governance

From L-R: Pablo Pacheco, Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Nie Fengying, Deputy Director-General of Agriculture Information Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Chun Lai, Independent Environmental Services Professional; Carin Smaller, Advisor on Agriculture and Investments, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); and Dominique Reeb, Team Leader, Social Forestry Team, FAO

Nie Fengying, Deputy Director-General of Agriculture Information Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Chun Lai, Independent Environmental Services Professional

Carin Smaller, Advisor on Agriculture and Investments, IISD

Role of different stakeholders

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Conservation International

Cécile Ndjebet, President, African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)

Lamin B. Dibba, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, The Gambia

Marco Albani, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum

Role of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) instruments

Christopher Stewart, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, OLAM

Charles Barber, Director, Forest Legality Initiative in the Forests Program, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Robert Busink, Senior Policy Advisor, Government of the Netherlands

Emmanuelle Maire, Head of Unit, Multilateral Environmental Cooperation, Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission

Between Sessions

James Mayers, Director, Natural Resources, International Institute for Environment and Development, with Monica Gabay, Planning and Environmental Policy Secretariat, Argentina

Jeffrey Y. Campbell, Team Leader, Manager Forest and Farm Facility, FAO, with Peter Csoka, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO

Hanta Rabetaliana, World Mountain People Association, and Ulrich Apel, Global Environment Facility

Teodardo Calles, Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP), FAO, with Chun Lai, Independent Environmental Services Professional

Around the venue

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