The Forest and Nature Conservation Group is co-organising a seminar titled “People First in Tropical Forests? Are We on the Right Track?”. This seminar is the sixth in a series of annual events on sustainable forest management in the tropics. The seminar will present concrete cases showing how, in different settings, a smart balance between bottum-up and top-down approach may work, including the limitations and opportunities and how to deal with them.
The focus of this Seminar, - the sixth - is on sustainable forestry development approaches that are rooted in real life situations, perspectives and potentials of people and their forests in situ. Despite more than 25 years of experiences with participatory and community forestry ‘classical’ forestry’ characterized by top-down approaches and looking “from outside – in”- are still dominant.
The objective of this seminar is to demonstrate that acknowledging and starting from local realities, needs and arrangements in developing sustainable forestry models – and finding the right balance between top-down and bottom-up approaches - is an opportunity and a need, and that it is feasible and doable. The focus will be on approaches that are rooted in real life situations, perspectives and potentials of people and their forests in situ.
The seminar is co-organised by the Utrecht University (Prince Bernhard Chair), Wageningen University (Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group and Forest Ecology and Management Group), Tropenbos Internationaal, Dutch Association of Tropical Forests (VTB), the Ministery of Economic Affairs and the Ministery of Foreign Affairs.
The programme starts with a typical real life example with all its complexities from the Democratic Republic of Congo. All sort of players deal with the forests but nothing is formalized; formal institutions are present but with low effectiveness. But institutional void also creates opportunities (for local entrepreneurs). The situation can be seen as either complicated - all sorts of people and institutions, or - simply- as one interacting network.In addition three bottom-up cases will be presented:
- Management of forest reserves in a Shell concession in the Niger Delta, Nigeria,
- The Malindang reforestation project in the Philippines
- Chainsaw logging in Cameroon and Gabon.
Attandance is free of charge after registration at: www.tropischebossen.nl/seminar
For more information, contact: Chris Geerling (VTB): firstname.lastname@example.org