International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
Tuesday 14 May highlights
Day 2 opened with the theme of key challenges and bottlenecks with a presentation from Henry Djombo, Minister for Forest Economy and Sustainable Development, Republic of the Congo. Mr Djombo spoke about the importance of sustainable forest management to secure livelihoods and food security. Local people and other stakeholders must be involved in forest management decisions, he said, and land tenure and access to resources are crucial.
The morning sessions addressed access rights to resources and competing land uses, following an introductory presentation from Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester. In a parallel morning session, Sundaram Jomo, Assistant Director General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO, introduced the topic of policy and institutional challenges, followed by panel presentations and discussion.
Policy options, practical innovations and emerging opportunities were the themes for the afternoon with parallel sessions addressing best practices in resource management, innovative policies and institutional practices.
Ten side events were also held addressing a wide range of topics from the contributions of sustainable wildlife management to a discussion on fair trade, forests and food security. View the full program here.