The Forest Dialogue

The Forest Dialogue

The Forests Dialogue (TFD)

The Forests Dialogue (TFD) is a group of individuals from diverse interests and regions that are committed to the conservation and sustainable use of forests. Through a shared understanding of forest issues from their own dialogues, members of The Forests Dialogue work together in a spirit of teamwork, trust, and commitment. They believe that their actions and relationships can help catalyze a broader consensus on forest issues and encourage constructive, collaborative action by individual leaders that will improve the condition and value of forests.

Forests Dialogue, which is ad hoc, seeks to support and reinforce existing efforts related to forest management. Members of TFD participate as individuals, not organizational delegates, and they aim to speak for a diversity of perspectives. TFD processes and activities are transparent, complement the actions of others, and seek to advance progress by creating leadership cadres on key issues based on individuals with broader personal consensus.

An Ejido de Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Mexico) community member explains deforestation trends.

New Report Highlights Need for Country-Level Approaches to REDD+ Benefit Sharing

REDD+ benefit sharing needs to be designed with forest-dependent communities firmly in mind, recommends a new report by The Forests Dialogue (TFD) in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Involvement of forest-dependent communities in designing and sharing benefits for REDD+ can lead to more sustainable land uses, thereby reducing deforestation and degradation, says the report, released  at the 20th session of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru.
 
The new report, Country Options for REDD+ Benefit Sharing, offers unique insights linking international aspirations to mitigate climate change with practical options on the ground that can reduce deforestation and degradation. The report stems from a series of international dialogues with 250 key forest stakeholders from 25 countries which took place in the United States, Vietnam, Ghana, Peru and Mexico over the past two years. The insights and examples in the report will be critical for negotiators discussing an international framework on REDD+ at COP 20.
 
“Designing REDD+ benefit-sharing mechanisms to take into consideration the needs of forest-dependent communities is both a moral obligation and a pre-condition for success in each of the four dialogue countries, and this is likely to also be the case in all countries interested in REDD+,” said Chris Buss, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. “The experiences from the four field dialogue countries showed that rural development as well as the engagement of forest-dependent communities are two of the most critical elements to make REDD+ Benefit Sharing work.”
 
The report highlights that considerable confusion exists when different stakeholders discuss REDD+ benefit sharing. It recommends utilizing local and regional multi-stakeholder platforms to better understand divergent perceptions and to facilitate consensus.
 
Read the full press release from The Forests Dialogue on their website.

View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests