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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 Wednesday, 4 February 2015
On Wednesday, participants held four thematic sessions to address: forest tenure and decentralization; forest landscape governance and green economy; forest governance and biodiversity; and forest governance and safeguards in REDD+ implementation. A brief afternoon plenary heard the main findings of the thematic sessions. Participants then resumed their meetings in five groups working on identifying challenges for forest governance, followed by the World Café, small roundtable discussions on key issues for the future governance of forest landscapes.

The session on forest tenure and decentralization highlighted the need to: recognize the effectiveness of indigenous peoples and local communities to manage their forests sustainably by securing their rights; and change the role of forest agencies in order to ensure support for community rights and management.

The session on forest landscape governance and green economy discussed, among other issues, questions related to managing forests within a green economy; evaluating the spiritual, cultural and aesthetic values of forests and accounting for biodiversity hotspots; reaching out beyond the forest sector; private sector impacts including the role of banks; and monitoring, reporting and assessment methodologies.

The session on forest governance and biodiversity highlighted: the fragmentation of forest-related issues among several international processes and a potential role for UNFF as a platform to address forests in a holistic manner; the importance of securing forest tenure and use rights for indigenous peoples and local communities; and the need to build a strong stakeholder involvement component in the reform process at the national level.

The session on forest governance and safeguards in REDD+ implementation discussed national approaches and challenges related to REDD+ safeguards, lessons on benefit-sharing, and the potential added value of UNFF.
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Steven Lawry, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) with Kaspar Schmidt, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Thematic Session: Forest tenure and decentralization
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Room view during the thematic session
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Bharat Kumar Pokharel, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
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Steven Lawry, CIFOR
Peter Anthony Besseau, Canadian Forest Service
Jenny Springer, Rights and Resources Initiative
Eva Müller, FAO
Thematic Session: Forest landscape governance and green economy
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From L-R: Meine Van Noordwijk, World Agroforestry Centre; Ivonne Higuero, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/FAO; Rob Busink, the Netherlands; and Kit Prins, UNECE/FAO
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Meine Van Noordwijk, World Agroforestry Centre
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Agus Sarsito, Indonesia
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Ivonne Higuero, UNECE/FAO
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Kit Prins, UNECE/FAO
Thematic Session: Forest governance and biodiversity
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Lambert Okrah, Major Groups Partnership on Forests with Herbert Christ, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
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Chris Buss, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Thematic Session: Forest governance and safeguards in REDD+ implementation
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From L-R: Thaís Linhares Juvenal, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat; Keith Anderson, Switzerland; Maria Brockhaus, CIFOR; and Marlea Muñez, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Philippines
Thaís Linhares Juvenal, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat
Keith Anderson, Switzerland
Marlea Muñez, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Philippines
Breakout Group: Asia and Middle East
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Bharat Kumar Pokharel, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Johanna Michel, Bruno Manser Fund, Switzerland
Marlea Muñez, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Philippines
Breakout Group: Global
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Hosny El-Lakany, University of British Columbia, Canada
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Nalin Kishor, Program on Forests (PROFOR), World Bank
Breakout Group: Africa
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Oppon Sasu, Ghana
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Joseph Osiakwan, Ghana
Breakout Group: Latin America
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Veronica Galmez, Andean Forests Program, Peru
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Daniel Meireles Tristão, Brazil
Breakout Group: Europe, Central Asia and North America
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Room view during the breakout group
Ivonne Higuero, UNECE/FAO
Dusan Jovic, Serbia
Robert Busink, the Netherlands
World Café: Discussions and exchange on key issues for the future of forest landscapes
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Youth Conference
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Participants Networking
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Around the Venue
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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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