KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Intensification of land use through locally controlled forest and agriculture enterprises

Meeting future food, fuel and fiber needs for the growing global population requires land use intensification. Achieving intensification while considering the needs of the poor, conserving biodiversity, and adapting to climate change is a goal requiring urgent attention. This workshop will critically examine evidence suggesting locally controlled forestry and agriculture could lead the way to intensifications that are both just and robust opposed to intensification that relies on large-scale monocultures of power and natural resources. 

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  • DATE: 07 Sep 2012
  • TIME: 11:00 - 13:00
  • ROOM: 102

Over the last two years, an international dialogue process has assisted the creation of alliances such as the International Family Forest Alliance (IFFA), the Global Alliance for Community Forestry (GACF) and the International alliance for the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (IAITPTF). These three groups, known as the G3, have joined together to explore concerns and priorities of ‘Locally Controlled Forestry’.

These partners have identified a trajectory for possibilities of land use that is socially just, ecologically diverse and sustainable and economically robust. This trajectory as well as mutual lesson learning from these groups could perhaps provide answers to the pressing question of how to bring about just and robust land use intensification through locally controlled forest enterprise.

In concert with another alliance, Forest Connect, that has supported small forest enterprises in a wide range of countries over the last three years, this workshop will focus on particular examples of small forest enterprise that might intensify the production of food, fuel and fiber while simultaneously putting income into local hands, restoring a biodiversity and adapting to climate.

This session is organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London, UK in partnership with the IUCN, IFFA, GACF and IAITPTF.  

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