Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area – From Aspiration to Action

Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area – From Aspiration to Action


The Collaborative Partnership on Forests will hold an International Conference "Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area – from Aspiration to Action" on 20-22 February 2018 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The conference aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders from within and outside the forest sector to consider how we can collectively work to address these global challenges. The conference will contribute to the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which will review progress on SDG 15, among other SDGs, at its next session in July 2018. The conference will be attended by around 400 invited participants from different sectors of government, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders.

IUFRO takes the lead in organizing Session 16 on "The Role of Science and Research". A panel of scientists will discuss with the conference participants five key policy, governance and implementation challenges and the role of science and research in addressing these challenges so as to increase credibility, legitimacy and effectiveness of actions. The panel includes, among others,

  • Professor Daniela Kleinschmit (Professor and Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg, and Coordinator of IUFRO Division 9);
  • Dr. Vincent Gitz (Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry);
  • Professor Avery Cohn (Assistant Professor of Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University); and
  • Dr. Pablo Pacheco (Principal Scientist, CIFOR).

The session will be moderated by Dr. John Parrotta (Program Leader for International Forest Science Issues, U.S. Forest Service, and Vice-President of IUFRO). Details of the session can be found on the CPF webpage at 

IUFRO also contributes to several other sessions, including the following:

Details of these sessions and the conference programme as a whole are available at:             

The conference will be preceded by a "Pre-Conference Youth Session: Cross-sectoral youth engagement and capacity building" on Monday, February 19th. IUFRO Executive Director Alexander Buck will speak in the opening of the session and share IUFRO’s activities and experiences with youth engagement. A detailed description of the session can be found at          


via IUFRO News

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