Combating deforestation and encouraging forestry’s contribution to green growth: the role of tenure, trade and government policy
The tenth meeting of MegaFlorestais was held in Madre de Dios and Yucay, Peru, on April 13-17, 2015, co-hosted by the National Forest and Wildlife Service of Peru, and in cooperation with the Rights and Resources Initiative, the US Forest Service and the European Forest Institute. Delegations of the following countries/organizations attended the meeting: Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, DR Congo, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Sweden and the USA.
The meeting in Peru focused on “Combating deforestation and encouraging forestry’s contribution to green growth: the role of tenure, trade and government policy.” As always, experts from around the world presented global perspectives on all of these issues.
- Role of forestry in the new “green growth” at the regional and national levels;
- Drivers of deforestation and new efforts to address it; and
- Tenure reforms and supporting community forestry: Status and lessons from implementation.
Field trip: Visit around Puerto Maldonado
During their stay in Puerto Maldonado, the group visited one of the 1,239 Brazilian nut concessions in Madre de Dios and learned more about how these concessions are working. The group also visited the Native Community of Infierno, located 18 km South of Puerto Maldonado. The Infierno Community, officially recognized in 1976, has 9,701 hectares, mostly covered with primary forest. Like most native communities, its main revenues come from small scale agriculture, tourism and extraction of forest resources. Infierno has also had an ecotourism concession since 1986, in collaboration with the company Rainforest Expedition. The group went to the main ecotourism lodge by foot which gave them an opportunity to see the beautiful tropical forest. Infierno is also engaged in a number of small-scale agricultural enterprises and among these is a cacao nursery that the group visited.
- Mark Boyland – Global Forest Sector Trade Flows
- Andy White – Ten Years of Discussion by MegaFlorestais
- Rodney Schimdt – Green Economy, Green Growth, Forests
- Juan Manuel Torres – The Role of Forestry in Green Growth, Lessons from Mexico
- Xu Jintao – Green Growth and Forest Sector in China
- Penny Davies – Cleaning up Global Supply Chains and Tackling Illegal Conversion
- Jussi Viitanen – Dealing with Illegal Logging
- Victor Galarreta – Causas de la Deforestación y Nuevos Esfuerzos
- Anne Larson – Lessons from Implementing Tenure reforms in Major Forested Countries
- Gladis Vila – Tenencia de la Tierra en el Perú
- MegaFlorestais, Public forest agencies in the twenty-first century: Driving change through transparency, tenure reform, citizen involvement and improved governance (available in English | Spanish | French | Chinese | Portuguese | Bahasa)
- Rights and Resources Initiative, Looking for leadership, new inspiration and momentum amidst crises (English | French | Spanish)
- Rights and Resources Initiative, Land rights indicators in the post-2015 DGS: recommendations for inter-agency expert group and other policymakers
- Rights and Resources Initiative, What Future for Reform? (also available in French and Spanish)
- Rights and Resources Initiative, Recognizing Indigenous and Community Rights: Priority Steps to Advance Development and Mitigate Climate Change (English | Spanish)
- Rights and Resources Initiative, Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and Redd+ Investments (English | French | Spanish)