The main objective of the conference was to strengthen the sustainable management of forested landscapes by smallholders and communities through forest producer organizations. The conference was jointly organized by The Forest and Farm Facility, FAO and APFNet in partnership with Agricord, Tropenbos International, GIZ, IUCN, IIED, CEPF, and RECOFTC. It is hosted by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) of the People’s Republic of China. The conference was also part of the celebration of 300 years of the concept of sustainability, firstly introduced by German Forester Von Carlowitz.
Over the past years FAO, IIED, IUCN and the WB have been working together through the Growing Forest Partnerships. They have collaborated to develop the FFF and will implement it jointly.