IUFRO Spotlights


Congress Spotlight #73 – A Quest for Fairness in Forest Management Decisions: Integrating Indigenous Rights, Practices and Knowledge

Traditional forest knowledge is typically based on very-long term experience of a particular location. This knowledge can be of vital importance for contemporary forest management.

"The practices, rights and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in forestry are being increasingly recognized by national policies, international treaties and by business arrangements such as certification," said Dr. Stephen Wyatt of the School of Forestry at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada. "But," he said, "actually putting these into practice is challenging."

Dr. Wyatt, will be one of the presenters at a IUFRO World Congress session in Brazil this fall, entitled: Indigenous and Traditional Peoples and their Forests: Governance, Dialogue and Power for Rights and Recognition. A second related session: Indigenous and Traditional Peoples and their Forests: Values, Knowledge and Practices for Management and Livelihoods will be held later the same day.

There will be a total of 21 presenters in the two sessions; all reflecting different aspects of Indigenous Peoples' knowledge, management and governance of forests. They will be presenting research from 13 different countries in South, Central and North America, Africa, Asia and Europe.


Further reading:

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