The Forests Dialogue (TFD) launched the Tree Plantations in the Landscape (TPL) Initiative in September 2015 at the XIV World Forestry Congress in South Africa. The TPL Brazil Dialogue, organised in collaboration with the New Generation Plantations platform, is the second field dialogue in the TPL series, though it will be the first to revisit previous IMPF initiative dialogue locations.
Brazil is one of the major forestry nations of Latin America and is the world’s largest producer of Eucalyptus-derived pulp. It has also enabled the expansion of area under planted forest—Brazil had about 7.8 million hectares of planted trees in 2016, up from 5.6 million hectares in 2005. For these reasons, it was picked as a location for the IMPF Initiative Dialogue in 2008.
This multi-stakeholder field dialogue will convene approximately 25 Brazilian and 15 international experts and stakeholders in March 2018 in the States of Bahia and Espírito Santo, Brazil.
At the national level, the field dialogue will help strengthen a stakeholder network that can support policy initiatives around tree plantations in the landscape, comprising key leaders from government, the agriculture and forest sectors, and civil society. We will analyze how plantations can play a role in combating climate change and deforestation, while maintaining ecosystems and contributing to restoration. Local communities, in particular, will be empowered to play an active, leading role.
Internationally, findings from the Brazil field dialogue will provide case information that can inform the design and implementation of best practices for tree plantations elsewhere. Findings from the dialogue will help frame field dialogues being planned in other countries. A wrap-up meeting will synthesize learnings, create consensus recommendations, and develop a concrete action plan with partners.