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NGP Platform participates in research related to plantation forestry and forestry issues in general to support our work to improve plantation methods further.

NGP Platform participates in research related to plantation forestry and forestry issues in general to support our work to improve plantation methods further. We believe that knowledge and research are the seed that not only allows us to understand where we have been and what have we done (the good and the bad), but also creates the basis for growing our methods and strategies towards a better sustainable world.

NGP Documents


PLANTATIONS FOR PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROSPERITY

This book covers NGP’s 10-year journey. In Part A we look at the development of the NGP concept: why this work matters, the principles behind “new generation plantations”, and how the NGP process has evolved. Part B showcases stories of the role plantations are playing around key issues: forest restoration, water stewardship, socio-economic development, climate change and sustainable intensi cation. In Part C we look to the future, considering how plantations can contribute to major global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, the possibilities of new technologies, and how NGP itself needs to evolve to rise to these challenges.

WWF Documents


PRIVATE EQUITY AND EMERGING MARKETS AGRIBUSINESS: BUILDING VALUE THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY

This report has been written for emerging market private equity fund managers. It highlights trends in private equity investment in emerging markets agribusiness and promotes adopting environmental and social management systems to generate sustainable financial returns.

Participants Documents


NGP AT SOUTHERN CHILE, BY CMPC (ES)

The NGP 2015 Annual Meeting field trip, to learn about New Generation Plantations at CMPC's FSC certified plantations in southern Chile.

Other Documents


UNASYLVA 247/248 PP 62-66 NEW GENERATION PLANTATIONS, TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION

Unasylva is FAO's journal of forestry and forest industries. Its goal is to bring globally significant developments in forestry to a broad range of readers - such as policy-makers, forest managers, technicians, researchers, students and teachers. The  247/248  issue includes a broad selection of the best papers submitted to the XIV World Forestry Congress (Durban, September 2015), as well as an overview of the Congress’s ambitious agenda and outcomes. This Paper introduces the concept of “new generation plantations”, in which planted-forest projects adopt local economic development as a central theme, aim to maintain ecosystem integrity and protect high-conservation-value areas, and are profitable. 

 


PLANTATIONS FOR PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROSPERITY

This book covers NGP’s 10-year journey. In Part A we look at the development of the NGP concept: why this work matters, the principles behind “new generation plantations”, and how the NGP process has evolved. Part B showcases stories of the role plantations are playing around key issues: forest restoration, water stewardship, socio-economic development, climate change and sustainable intensi cation. In Part C we look to the future, considering how plantations can contribute to major global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, the possibilities of new technologies, and how NGP itself needs to evolve to rise to these challenges.


THINK PIECE THE ROLE OF PLANTED FOREST IN COMBATING ILLEGAL LOGGING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

During the encounter we will be exploring a number of issues connected to forests, plantations and climate change. This think piece and these questions is to help participants understand some of the underlying issues and whilst also helping them think about the bigger picture.


DISPATCHES FROM THE SILK ROAD

In May 2017, NGP participants travelled to the Chinese province of Gansu, at the eastern end of the ancient Silk Road. With China promising billions of dollars of investment into a new Silk Road for the 21st century, Gansu is looking to the future. But can development in this fragile, dry region be green and sustainable? And what role can plantations play? Here are some of the things we discussed...


THINK PIECE: A STUDY TOUR WITH A DIFFERENCE

How can we reverse the tide of desertification? How do we establish social and environmental conditions that encourage people to stay in arid regions? How do we prepare rural economies for hotter, drier conditions in the future? And what role to plantations have to play? In May 2017, NGP is heading to Gansu province to find out.


LETTERS FROM LAOS

In October 2016, the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform held a study tour in Laos at the Ho Chi Minh trail, looking at how can plantations integrate multiple land uses for improved livelihoods. These Letters, written by Andrew Heald, give you a sense of the discussions held during the study tour.


NGP STUDY TOUR - LAOS 2016 - THINK PIECE

What and Why and When and How and Where and Who? The aim of this Think Piece is to help think about what questions the study tour might be, and to assist in gaining a wider understanding of the issue. The Study Tour will take us to southern Laos, near the border with Vietnam, along the Annamite Mountain, where Stora Enso a pioneer of the New Generation Plantations, is influencing policy in the forestry sector based on concrete results of local population’s socioeconomic development, landscape conservation and business profitability.


LETTERS FROM ACRE (PT)

In July 2016, the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform held a study tour in Acre in the Brazilian Amazon, to look at the role of plantations in reducing emissions and promoting sustainable livelihoods. Here are some of the things we saw...


LETTERS FROM ACRE (EN)

In July 2016, the New Generation Plantations (NGP) platform held a study tour in Acre in the Brazilian Amazon, to look at the role of plantations in reducing emissions and promoting sustainable livelihoods. Here are some of the things we saw...


THINK PIECE ACRE STUDY TOUR: REDUCING EMISSIONS

The state government is pioneering a world-leading green economy model that aims to improve people’s livelihoods while conserving forests, storing carbon and using natural resources in a sustainable way. What can plantations and the NGP concept contribute? And what lessons can NGP participants learn? Are the key questions from this Think Piece.


10 THINGS WE LEARNT IN SAO PAULO

Innovation. Technology. Intensification. What does the future hold? And how can we ensure developments in plantations are sustainable and accessible to all? More than 100 participants came to Sao Paulo for the NGP 2016 Encounter to discuss these questions and many more. Here are 10 of the things we learnt...


NGP 2016 REVIEW

The NGP platform capacity to confront difficult issues has evolved by presenting inspiring, tested models for responsible forestry and farming at scale, over the course of study tours, encounters, videos and publications. Discover the last two years stories.


PLANTATIONS IN GRASSLANDS - AN NGP THINK PIECE 2015

Argentina and Uruguay have both experienced rapid growth in tree plantations in grasslands. This brings opportunities for economic and social development, but also potential environmental and social risks. So what are NGP participants doing to minimize the potentially negative impacts on people and nature, and to maximize the shared benefits? And what lessons can we learn?


NEW GENERATION PLANTATIONS: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION, WFC

Well-placed, well-managed plantations are an important component of sustainable landscapes because they can provide an opportunity to restore degraded land, spare natural forest and enhance local socio- economic values whilst increasing productivity. If the NGP concept is applied, plantations can have positive environmental and social impacts.


NGP CHINA STUDY TOUR 2015 - THINK PIECE

This Think Piece discusses Sustainable intensification and the role of bamboo. The market for bamboo looks set to grow as rapidly as the plant itself. Bamboo has the potential to supply high yields of fibre in a relatively small area, provide ecosystem services like carbon sequestration and erosion control, and support rural development.


PLANTATIONS FOR PEOPLE: 10 THINGS WE LEARNT IN CHILE (ES)

The NGP annual meeting in Santiago was a high energy moment of listening and exchange of ideas. The word of the week was TRUST, and like restoring forests is a long-term process and has to be earned ? but as this meeting showed, it has at least begun. Important now is to acknowledge the past, but look to the future. Here are the 10 Things we Learnt.


PLANTATIONS FOR PEOPLE: 10 THINGS WE LEARNT IN CHILE (EN)

The NGP annual meeting in Santiago was a high energy moment of listening and exchange of ideas. The word of the week was TRUST, and like restoring forests is a long-term process and has to be earned – but as this meeting showed, it has at least begun. Important now is to acknowledge the past, but look to the future. Here are the 10 Things we Learnt.


NGP 2015 MEETING THINK PIECE: PLANTATIONS FOR PEOPLE

Plantations for People: Thinking at a landscape level. The 2015 Meeting background paper discusses how NGP understands that plantations can be part of the solution to provide enough for everyone while protecting the nature we depend on.


NGP SOUTH AFRICA STUDY TOUR 2014 - THINK PIECE

This paper introduces two interrelated concepts: New Generation Plantations (NGP) and the Resilient Landscapes Approach (RLA). These concepts can complement and provide new perspectives on each other, bringing the RLA into plantations management, and NGP into the landscape approach.


NGP REVIEW 2014 (PT)

This review shares NGP experiences and demonstrates through practical examples how good plantation management can benefit both people and the environment.


SOCIAL FORESTRY AND LAND USE: 10 THINGS WE LEARNT IN CAPE TOWN

The NGP Annual Summit 2014 in Cape Town included presentations from a range of speakers, panel discussions, side meetings, and some robust exchanges with a diverse audience. This paper looks at 10 things we learnt about social forestry and land use.


NGP REVIEW 2014 (EN)

This review shares NGP experiences and demonstrates through practical examples how good plantation management can benefit both people and the environment.


NGP 2014 SUMMIT THINK PIECE

The Think Piece, is the NGP 2014 Summit background document, designed to stimulate conversations on Social Forestry and Land Use. The Think Piece, was writen based on learnings from the South Africa, Chile and Brazil study tours, and the Edinburgh social workshop.


NGP REPORT OF FOREST RESTORATION, WWF CHILE

This NGP report looks at what kind of role new generation plantations can play in forest restoration in Chile. Report by WWF Chile, available in Spanish only.


NGP BIOENERGY REPORT 2011

This report looks at how the NGP concept applies to two areas which will become increasingly important over the next few decades: bioenergy and carbon storage. It showcases bioenergy and carbon projects that NGP partners are already engaged in.


ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY AND FOREST PLANTATIONS, NGP TECHINAL PAPER 2009

This paper summarises some of the impacts of tree plantations with respect to four major ecological cycles:  Water : information on water quantity and quality which provides sufficient understanding about water cycles on a catchment level.  Nutrients : soil attributes which provide sufficient understanding about nutrient cycles.  Carbon : changes in biomass balance.  Biodiversity : HCV’s, species and habitats.


NGP SYNTHESIS REPORT 2009

This paper summarises shared insights of WWF, forest plantation companies and government departments relating to three issues: ecosystem integrity, high conservation value forests and stakeholder engagement. The paper was developed over a two year period during and between the study tours in Scotland, Brazil, China and Columbia.


STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT INPLANTATIONS, NGP TECHNICAL PAPER 2009

The paper reviews various options for stakeholder engagement in plantation projects, drawing on a number of case studies to show how assessment is being carried out in practice. It summarises tools that have been developed or could be adapted for use in plantation projects. 


HIGH CONSERVATION VALUES AND FOREST PLANTATIONS, NGP TECHNICAL PAPER 2009

The paper discusses the role of the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept in plantation forestry. It poses a series of questions such as: Who decides that something is of High Conservation Value and what criteria are used? How do HCV stakeholder processes relate to other official processes? What are the options to manage any identified HCVs? 

 


PRIVATE EQUITY AND EMERGING MARKETS AGRIBUSINESS: BUILDING VALUE THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY

This report has been written for emerging market private equity fund managers. It highlights trends in private equity investment in emerging markets agribusiness and promotes adopting environmental and social management systems to generate sustainable financial returns.


LIVING PLANET REPORT 2014

The Living Planet Report is the world's leading, science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Knowing we only have one planet, WWF believes that humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for ecology, society and the economy today and in the long term.


FORESTS AND WOOD PRODUCTS, WWF LIVING FORESTS REPORT

This chapter of the Living Forests Report explores how we can meet future demand for wood products within the finite resources of one planet. While this chapter focuses on wood as the major commodity extracted from forests, it is important to note that forests also produce non-timber forest products.


THE 2050 CRITERIA, WWF REPORT

This is a guide to responsible investment in agricultural, forest, and seafood commodities. Each chapter contains both a summary of the industry and a guide to responsible investment. Primary environmental and social risks associated with the sector are clearly outlined.

 


NGP AT SOUTHERN CHILE, BY CMPC (ES)

The NGP 2015 Annual Meeting field trip, to learn about New Generation Plantations at CMPC's FSC certified plantations in southern Chile.


NGP AT SOUTHERN CHILE, BY CMPC (EN)

The NGP 2015 Annual Meeting field trip, to learn about New Generation Plantations at CMPC's FSC certified plantations in southern Chile.


NGP & FSC IN PORTUGAL, BY PORTUCEL

A FSC General Assembly field trip, to learn about New Generation Plantations at Portucel Soporcel Group's FSC certified plantations in south Portugal.

 


UNASYLVA 247/248 PP 62-66 NEW GENERATION PLANTATIONS, TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION

Unasylva is FAO's journal of forestry and forest industries. Its goal is to bring globally significant developments in forestry to a broad range of readers - such as policy-makers, forest managers, technicians, researchers, students and teachers. The  247/248  issue includes a broad selection of the best papers submitted to the XIV World Forestry Congress (Durban, September 2015), as well as an overview of the Congress’s ambitious agenda and outcomes. This Paper introduces the concept of “new generation plantations”, in which planted-forest projects adopt local economic development as a central theme, aim to maintain ecosystem integrity and protect high-conservation-value areas, and are profitable. 


A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR ASSESSING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES FROM PLANTED FORESTS

The extent of planted forests is increasing globally. Planted forests provide multiple ecosystem services to society and the environment. We propose a simple framework to assess the provision of ecosystem services from planted forests. The framework is intended as a guide to investors and other stakeholders in the participatory design of an assessment approach and method for planted forests.


DO TIMBER PLANTATIONS CONTRIBUTE TO FOREST CONSERVATION?

It concludes on reduced degradation of natural forests associated with the expansion of timber plantations, but also potential increased deforestation due to either lower market value of natural forests in the absence of logging, or displacement effects. Yet, a main limitation of studies is the lack of consideration of the role of policies.


THE LANDSCAPE APPROACH FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS

Fewer than 8% of african integrated landscape initiatives have private sector participation. How can we increase their capacity for engagement in landscape management?


ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF PLANTED FORESTS ON THE GLOBAL FOREST ECONOMY

A method was developed for estimating the importance of planted forests in the global forestry sector. The utilisation of planted forests was estimated to reduce prices of forest products by 24 - 37%. Furthermore, planted forests reduced roundwood harvesting from natural forests by 26%.


CHANGES IN PLANTED FORESTS AND FUTURE GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS

This paper focuses on an analysis of planted forests data from the 2015 Forests Resources Assessment of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FRA 2015).


SUSTAINABLE PLANTED FORESTS FOR A GREENER FUTURE

This IUFRO Task Force addresses research needs within emerging issues, such as vulnerability and risk management, sustainable intensification, governance and socio-economic viability, ecosystem services and landscape restoration.


EFFECTIVE FOREST AND FARM PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS

This issue brings together 30 articles that include experiences from 30 countries, compiling experiences that adds significantly to the growing body of knowledge on forest and farm producer organizations.


IS A TYPOLOGY FOR PLANTED FORESTS FEASIBLE, OR EVEN RELEVANT?

In this piece, our goal is to analyze the need for and possibility of having a typology for planted forests that would propose a number of terms and categories that apply to more specific ecosystems, assuming they share key characteristics and collectively cover the entire spectrum. 


INTEGRATING SILVICULTURAL STRATEGIES TO MINIMIZE ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC CONSTRAINTS IN BRAZIL

This paper describes the basic requirements for integrating genetic and silvicultural strategies to min- imize abiotic and biotic constraints in eucalypt plantations. Improving natural resources use efficiency by breeding and matching genotypes to sites and using appropriate site management practices is a key challenge to sustain or increase productivity.


NO NET LOSS AND NET POSITIVE IMPACT: APPROACHES FOR BIODIVERSITY

A IUCN study examines how a Net Positive Impact (NPI) approach could be applied in commercial agriculture and forestry production. The report, finds that under certain conditions, applying an NPI approach to landscapes associated with agriculture and forestry companies’ operations and supply chains could help reduce biodiversity loss. 


STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR FOREST PLANTATION MANAGEMENT: A GLOBAL COMPARATIVE STUDY

The paper main aim is to assess whether and to what extent planted forests are properly considered within the existing sets of standards/guidelines and to identify areas for improvements, is based on a series of comparative analysis.


DO TREE PLANTATIONS SUPPORT FOREST CONSERVATION?

This policy brief trying to answer the question: “Do tree plantations support forest conservation?” departs from the assumption that plantations rather than forest logging could produce timber or other wood products and in turn divert degrading activities from production in natural forests to these artificial ecosystems.


RECOMMENDATIONS ON BIOMASS CARBON NEUTRALITY

With these recommendations, the FSG provides a framework for understanding carbon neutrality, distills and synthesizes the complexity of the debate and outlines its significance for effective climate change policy.


CONFLICT MEDIATION IN INDUSTRIAL TREE PLANTATIONS IN INDONESIA

This article looks at an approach to settling industrial timber plantation-related conflicts in Indonesia by focusing on conflict mediation.


ETFRN NEWS 56: TOWARDS PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES

The landscape approach has increasingly been promoted as a new perspective on addressing global challenges at a local level.  Given this interest, and the potential impacts of such initiatives, it is important to learn from the many practical experiences in applying integrated landscape management throughout the world. This issue of ETFRN News 56, ‘Towards productive landscapes’, brings together 29 papers by practitioners from all over the world who highlight the successes and challenges of applying landscape approaches.


PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE: HOW DEMAND FOR WOOD PRODUCTS COULD BE FRIENDLY TO TROPICAL FORESTS

Demand for wood products such as paper, furniture and construction materials is a major cause of damage to tropical forests—and that demand is projected to increase over the next half-century. The good news is that there are ways to satisfy that demand sustainably. The UCS report Planting for the Future combines economic modeling with ecological theory and data to evaluate the impact of increased demand on tropical forests, and shows how innovative management practices, reinforced by effective policy and consumer awareness, can meet projected wood product needs while also conserving forests.


CONSUMER GOODS AND DEFORESTATION: AN ANALYSIS OF THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF ILLEGALITY IN FOREST CONVE

A comprehensive new analysis released today says that nearly half (49%) of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture. 


THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S FOREST GENETIC RESOURCES

The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources addresses the conservation, management and sustainable use of forest tree and other woody plant genetic resources of actual and potential value for human well-being in the broad range of management systems.


ASSESSMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD PRODUCTION FROM PLANTED FORESTS, FAO

This report assesses the production of industrial roundwood from planted forests and evaluates their significance for the global industrial roundwood supply. The report, may give policy- and decision-makers, investors, and managers a better understanding of the key role that planted forest resources play in the provision of wood products for national and global economies.  


THE INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY REVIEW - PLANTATIONS

This Special Issue of the International Forestry Review on Plantations, presents a range of views from the academic and professional forestry perspective on experiences from the plantation sector and the challenges facing those looking at establishing tree plantations in the future.  Twelve peer-reviewed papers are presented covering global, regional and national forest plantation issues.   The focus is on showing how communities from local to international can utilise plantations, whether they are grown as smallholder woodlots, addressing poverty alleviation, or large-scale industrial plantations.  Challenges including markets, government policy, and climate change are addressed and the future of plantations is examined. 


INFO@TECNICELPA

This Info @ Tecnicelpa number sought to build a route for those who want to explore a range different opinions and views on the debate on plantations.


ASSESSING GLOBAL LAND USE, 2014 UNEP

This report, provides a comprehensive global assessment of increased pressures on natural resources from food, fuels and fibre, identifying the main drivers and providing innovative, practical options to mitigate their impacts.


THE GREAT PLANTATION EXPANSION, INDUFOR 2014

This article looks at projected wood demand, expected growth in the plantation sector, and the measures that might be required to stimulate growth among small and medium-sized forest-growers and to ensure that the sector is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.


EMERGING PERSPECTIVES ON FOREST BIODIVERSITY, UNEP YEAR BOOK 2011

Forests are the focus of renewed global attention because of their role in climate change mitigation. This paper looks at how biodiversity loss continues to put forests at risk, diminishing their capacity to adapt to pressures, including climate change. New approaches to biodiversity conservation are promising, but they need to be matched by more effective governance and greater financial investments.


POSSIBILITY OF PLANTATIONS: INTEGRATING ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY INTO PLANTATION SYSTEMS

This report seeks to show the innovation underway in many parts of the world to better integrate wildlife and biodiversity needs within plantation systems. It is often assumed that an intensively-managed, industrial plantation can not meet production goals while providing meaningful habitat quality. As this publication illustrates, however, there are forest product companies that are striving to meet this dual bottom-line in plantation management. National Wildlife Federation 2006.


FORESTS IN A GREENECONOMY - A SYNTHESIS, UNEP 2011

This synthesis examines the critical role of forests in a green economy, and provides policy recommendations to radically transform the forest sector such that it can lead to sustainable development and poverty eradication.