Intensification of land use through locally controlled forest and agriculture enterprises - ways forward

Meeting future food, fuel and fibre needs for growing global population requires land use intensification. How to achieve intensification while putting the needs of the poor first, conserving biodiversity, and adapting simultaneously to climate change is a subject requiring urgent attention. This workshop will critically examine the evidence that locally controlled forestry and agriculture might offer diverse routes towards intensification that are both just and robust – in contrast with intensification that relies on large-scale monocultures of power and natural resources.

Over the last two years, an international dialogue process has brought together alliances of northern family foresters (the International Family Forest Alliance - IFFA), southern community foresters (the Global Alliance for Community Forestry - GACF) and indigenous peoples (the International alliance for the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests – IAITPTF) together known as the G3 to explore complementary concerns and priorities under a banner of ´Locally Controlled Forestry - LCF´.

Widespread Northern patterns of smallholder forest ownership have provided a trajectory about the possibilities for land use that is both socially just, ecologically diverse and sustainable and economically robust. An agenda from mutual lesson learning is emerging that perhaps provides an answer to the pressing question of how to bring about just and robust land use intensification through locally controlled forest enterprise.

In concert with another alliance, Forest Connect, that has supported small forest enterprises in a wide range of countries over the last three years, this workshop will focus on particular examples of small forest enterprise that might intensify the production of food, fuel and fibre while simultaneously putting income into local hands, restoring a biodiverse landscape, and adapting to climate change that is now inevitable.

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