Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Call for Special session: Youth in Southeast Asia #ForestsAsia

Agenda: Monday | May 5th – 18.00 – 20.00

Special Session: Youth in Southeast Asia

Forests_Asia_Youth_Online_posterAre you:

  • Involved in forestry and passionate about the role youth play?
  • Passionate about finding creative solutions to big challenges?

Then you are just the person we are hoping will register for the youth session at the Forests Asia Summit!

What is the youth session at the Forests Asia Summit?

Youth are getting increasingly involved in policy and research efforts across the forestry and development sectors. Despite this, we are still seeing the same tired conference format of presentation after presentation with a lack of deep discussions and actionable outcomes.

We want to change that.

At the Forests Asia Summit on Monday May 5, we’ll be bringing together the best and brightest minds from Southeast Asia to talk about the future of the region’s forests.

We want young people at the forefront of this summit to identify new ways we can tackle major forestry issues and how youth can help drive such solutions forward.

Youth will be split into 5 roundtables where they will discuss ways to tackle a challenge facing Southeast Asia’s forests and people today. Each roundtable will be focused on one of the Summit’s discussion themes:

  • Governance and legal frameworks to promote sustainable landscapes
  • Investing in landscapes for green returns
  • Climate change and low emissions development on the ground
  • Linking food, forests and landscapes
  • Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development

Click here for more information about each theme.


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Call for articles: Family farmers in living landscapes


“Landscapes” come in different shapes and sizes: mountainous areas, drylands, forests, coastal areas, watersheds, and many more. They are always changing, and so are the strategies of the people living in them. Growing pressures on the land lead to competing claims for resources, within and between communities of farmers, pastoralists and forest dwellers, but also increasingly from pressure by larger external forces including expanding cities, tourism, mining and agro-industries.

Family farmers, pastoralists and forest communities depend on their landscapes for food, fuel, fodder, timber, medicines and more. For many rural communities, landscapes also have cultural and religious significance. Yet, these communities are often excluded from land governance structures, natural resource management and policy development.

In recent years, landscape approaches or territorial approaches have gained popularity as tools to enable researchers, policy makers, NGOs, activists, private sector players and rural communities to better understand the multiple functions of landscapes and the competing demands of different landscape users. Leading up to the December 2014 Global Landscapes Forum in Peru, Farming Matters will explore the efforts of family farming, pastoralist and forest communities in shaping resilient and living landscapes. How do they deal with the increasing pressures on their landscapes – whether internal or external, local or global?

We are looking for stories about the relation between forests, sustainable farming and resilient landscapes, and about the connection between your landscape (or territory), local culture and the regional economy. Send us your articles on the struggles to defend these landscapes from the threats of large-scale industries, mining companies and other forces.

What governance mechanisms and policies are needed to ensure that the rights of rural communities are respected? Can win-win arrangements be reached with other landscape users, allowing local communities to strengthen their agro-ecological production systems? What future do rural communities envisage for themselves and their landscapes? We look forward to reading about your experiences.

Articles for the September 2014 issue of Farming Matters should be sent to the editors before June 1st, 2014.

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