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3rd International Forest Policy Meeting
15. April - 17. April
Forest and forest policy have never been more important than today.
In the decades to come, forest policy and governance is set to become a site of increasingly intense contestation over the many contradictory demands on forests and trees.
In the context of the climate crisis, trees and forests are expected to, on the one hand, supply vastly increasing amounts of energy, while, on the other, deforestation and forest degradation must be brought to a halt, and trees and forests in connection with new technologies must provide a massive global carbon sink.
Similarly, the biodiversity crisis demands a paradigm shift in forest governance to avert further critical biodiversity losses. However, changing global consumption and investment patterns is set to exert ever increasing pressure on forest land to deliver fiber and wood, and to make way for expansion of agriculture.
Still, trees and forests remain a vital source of livelihood and risk coping for a growing global class of poor and vulnerable people. These increasing and competing claims on trees and forests pose an extraordinary challenge for forest policy scholars. Not least in a moment in time where resentment over growing socio-economic disparities and post-truth politics challenges sound and evidence-based policies and international political collaboration.
The 3rd International Forest Policy Meetings (IFPM3) can become a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on how forest policy scholarship can contribute towards solutions to the momentous challenges we face.
We will do this through key notes and panel debates but also hope to attract papers and presentations that speak to this theme.
Yet, we welcome papers and presentations on all topics of relevance to forest policy.