Strength in numbers: International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations

Guilin, Guangxi Autonomous Region,China

25-28 November 2013

Monday 25 November 2013

Theme 1: The importance of forest producer organizations for economic development

Keynote presentation 
Hon. Josephine George Francis, Member of the House of Representatives of Republic of Liberia, Chair agriculture, forestry and fisheries committee.
Success stories and challenges from a European perspective 
Mr. Hubert de Schorlemer, President of the Luxembourg Forest Owners and President of the Confederation of European Private Forest owners (CEPF)
Role of forestry reform and development as well as forest farm cooperatives in reducing poverty, improving livelihood and promoting economic development 
Mr. Wei Chunliang, Deputy Director General of the Forestry Department of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China: Role of forestry reform and development as well as forest farm cooperatives in reducing poverty, improving livelihood and promoting economic development
Economies of scale / Networking of Producer Organizations 
Mr. A.M. Garcia Gonzalez, President CONOSIL, Mexico: Economies of scale / Networking of Producer Organizations
Negotiation power of Producer Organizations 
Ms. Apsara Chapagai, Chairperson FECOFUN, Nepal: Negotiation power of Producer Organizations


Theme 2: Developing organizational strength of producer organizations

Keynote presentation 
Mr.Michael von der Tann, Board member German Forest Owners Association (AGDW) and President of Forest Owners association of Hessen

Factors leading to competitive strength; Inclusive Producer Organizations, functioning at different levels (local, regional, national) and creating networks 
Mr. Kwame Appiah Owusu, Project coordinator, Tropenbos International, Ghana

Inclusive POs functioning at different levels and creating networks 
Mr. Gustavo Sanchez Valle, Red Mexicana de Organizaciones Campesinas Forestales; Alianza Mesoamerica para Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB)
Financial sustainability of Producer Organizations 
Mr. Ignace Coussement, Managing Director, AgriCord
Membership, leadership, governance of forest farmer cooperatives 
Mr. Ke Shuifa, Professor, Renmin University of China
Communication to enhance linkages and impact 
Mr. Mesa Hing, Coordinator Community-based Production Forestry, Cambodia


Tuesday 26 November 2013

Theme 3: The enabling environment: the role of service providers

Keynote presentation 
Mr. Janne Näräkkä, Forestry Advisor, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), Finland. Board member of International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA).
Business capacity development 
Mr. Duncan Macqueen, Principal Researcher Forest Team, Natural Resources Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Bridging the gap... between certified forest management and the financial sector 
Ms. Petra Hamers, Program Director, The Amazon Alternative
Service provision to members; Example of Bolivian Forest Chamber 
Mr. Jorge Ernesto Avila, General Manager
Service provision to members; Example of USA 
Mr. Colin Donohue, Executive Director, National Network of Forest Practitioners (NNFP)
Services provided by Trade Centers 
Mr. Li Weiping, Director of Rural Forestry Reform and Industrial Development, Forestry Department of Yunnan Province, China


Theme 4: The enabling environment: the role of government

Keynote presentation 
Mr. Li Jun, Deputy Director General, Rural Forestry Reform and Development, State Forestry Administration of China; “Forest tenure reform and forest land management of China - creating an enabling environment: the role of government”.
Institutional enabling environment for forest-based producer organizations 
Mr. Peter De Marsh, Chair, International Family Forest Alliance (IFFA)
Importance of forest tenure reform 
Mr. Stefan Mann, expert forest tenure reform project, Southern China
Policy environment: Extension for Forestry 
Ms. Claudia Barros e Acevedo Ramos, Director, Fomento e Inclusión Social, Brasil
“Co-production between government and forest farmers for development” 
Mr. Kees Blokland, Managing Director, AgriTerra: Cross-sectoral coordination
The importance of regulatory frameworks 
Mr. Youssef Sadaani, Forestry Director Tunisia


Thursday, 28 November

Theme 5: The way forward

Keynote presentation: “Roadmap for strengthening the effectiveness of forest producer organizations and their service providers” 
Mr. Jeffrey Campbell, Manager of the Forest and Farm Facility


dernière mise à jour:  mardi 3 décembre 2013