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INTERLAKEN+10: Governing Forest Landscapes:
Lessons Learnt from Ten Years of Experience and
The Way Forward Post-2015

3-6 February 2015 | Interlaken, Switzerland

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Highlights for Tuesday, 3 February 2015
On Tuesday, workshop participants heard opening remarks and presentations from a panel of country-led initiatives (CLI) host countries; discussed the findings of the independent assessment of the International Arrangement on Forests and the outcomes of the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2); and broke into five groups to identify challenges for forest governance.

Josef Hess, Vice-Director, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland, noted that devolving use and property rights to the lowest level, often the community level, is the basis of the current decentralized governance structure in Switzerland. Dominique Favre, Deputy Head, Global Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), stressed the need to recognize all forest values and redefine forest stewardship. Manoel Sobral, Director, UNFF Secretariat, stressed the importance of governance issues, including enforcement and means of implementation, in the review of the IAF and in reaching a strong agreement beyond 2015. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), emphasized that 2015 presents a crucial convergence of opportunities for forests and sustainable development. Christian Küchli, Head of Section, Forest Division, FOEN, presented an overview on the UNFF CLIs on forest governance since 2004, and drew attention to the role of indigenous and local communities as forest custodians. Carol Colfer, Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, presented lessons and recommendations from ten years of global exchange on forest governance through the CLIs. A panel provided an update on past CLIs, including issues raised, recommendations and resulting initiatives.

In the afternoon, Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences, presented a summary of the findings of the IAF independent assessment; and Charles Barber, World Resources Institute and AHEG2 Co-Chair, and Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat, presented a summary of the outcomes of AHEG2.
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Plenary Session
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Dominique Favre, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
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Thomas Gass, UN DESA
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Manoel Sobral, Director, UNFF Secretariat
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Kaspar Schmidt, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Christian Küchli, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland
Godwin Kowero, African Forest Forum (AFF)
Carol Colfer, Cornell International Institute for International Food and Agricultural Development
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From L-R: Keith Anderson, Switzerland; Josef Hess, Switzerland; Facilitator Doris Capistrano; Agus Sarsito, Indonesia; and Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, UNFF Secretariat
Agus Sarsito, Indonesia
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Keith Anderson, Switzerland
Josef Hess, Switzerland
Meine Van Noordwijk, World Agroforestry Centre
Charles Barber, AHEG2 Co-Chair
Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Lambert Okrah, Major Groups Partnership on Forests
Breakout Group: Europe, Central Asia and North America
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Room view during the breakout group
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Facilitator Ivonne Higuero, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Robert Busink, the Netherlands with Kit Prins, UNECE/FAO
Breakout Group: Latin America
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Facilitator Veronica Galmez, Andean Forests Program, Peru
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Daniel Meireles Tristão, Brazil
Breakout Group: Global
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Room view during the breakout group
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Facilitator Hosny El-Lakany, University of British Columbia, Canada
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Jenny Springer, Rights and Resources Initiative
Breakout Group: Africa
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Room view during the breakout group
Oppon Sasu, Ghana
Matilda Walimbe, African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests
Oye Simon Adedoyin, Nigeria
Breakout Group: Asia and Middle East
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Room view during the breakout group
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Bharat Kumar Pokharel, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
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Shuirong Wu, China
Youth Conference
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Participants Networking
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Funding for coverage of this workshop has been provided by the governments of Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

Daily Web Coverage
Related Links
INTERLAKEN+10 Resources

*INTERLAKEN+10 Website *INTERLAKEN+10 Background Information and Programme
*INTERLAKEN+10 Field Trip *Report of the 2012 Lviv Workshop
*Report of the 2010 Oaxaca Workshop *Report of the 2008 Durban Workshop
*Report of the 2004 Interlaken Workshop


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) for the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), 12-16 January 2015, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Workshop on the International Arrangement on Forests Beyond 2015 - “A Country-Led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests”, 29-31 October 2014, Beijing, China

*IISD RS coverage of UNFF10, 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the Workshop on Forest Governance, Decentralization and REDD+ in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Country-led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), 31 August - 3 September 2010, Oaxaca, Mexico

*IISD RS coverage of the Interlaken Workshop on Decentralization, Federal Systems in Forestry and National Forest Programmes, 27-30 April 2004, Interlaken, Switzerland

*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues

*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy

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