Welcome by the Ministry for Environment Nordrhein-Westfalen : Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South – North Perspective

Remscheid, GERMANY, 23. – 25. September 2013

Community Forestry (CF) aims to improve the livelihood of local people as well as the condition of natural resources on which they depend for their living. It is assumed that if local people are involved in decision-making processes concerning natural resources, they develop a sense of ownership and start using the natural resources in more conservative way. The involvement of local natural resource users will contribute to sustainable practices, leading to various positive outcomes for the direct users and natural resources.
Various community forestry programs were and continue to be implemented around the world. The idea of community forestry started to develop after the 1970s, when researchers and policy makers realized that conventional centralized management practices were not the right approach for tackling environmental protection issues involving local people. In addition, many researchers have started to look more closely at the problem of how to solve natural-resource related problems when these involve local users. Many of them have concluded that this requires power devolution to the local users. Furthermore, many other investigations were conducted. It appears that, at least, community forest approaches deliver on their promises in that positive ecological outcomes are achieved.

Background: Today, community forestry has gathered a worldwide scientific community and many programs have achieved considerable success in practical terms. Nevertheless, new trends in forest and environmental governance have introduced new challenges that community forestry must face. The objective of the conference is to share the latest scientific knowledge and expertise in community forestry around the world, and it seeks to present innovative ideas in community forestry. A major topic will be the contribution of community forestry toward overcoming current challenges, including community-based forest governance, forest-climate change, the urbanisation of forest owners, biodiversity decline, equity amongst forest users (including gender issues) and the role of community forests as sustainable energy suppliers.

Venue: Monastery Church Remscheid-Lennep, GERMANY,

Scientific board: Arun Agrawal (USA), Bas Arts (Netherlands), Peter Cronkleton (Peru), Wolfram Dressler (Netherlands), Max Krott (Germany), Anne Larson (Peru), Melanie McDermott (USA), Hemant R. Ojha (Nepal), Bikash Rath (India), Carsten Schusser (Germany), Renate Spaeth (Germany)

Keynote Presenters:, Jill Belsky,  Wolfram Dressler, Melanie McDermott, Anne Lawrence, Carsten Schusser, Nevenka Bogataj, Paola Gatto, Tine Premrl

Oral Presenters:
Jane W. Kigaru, Susan Comba,  Jane Carter, Reem Hajjar, Ella Furness, Joana C. Bezerra, Thomas Sikor,  Phil René Oyono, Frans Pareyn & Maria Auxiliadora Gariglio, Martha West Lyman, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, M.C. Yufanyi Movuh

Selected Papers and Posters: are invited to contribute to the special issue of: New Challenges for Community Forestry: Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South – North Perspective, Forest Policy and Economics 2014 

Deadline for Registration: still open but with the obligation to pay together with the registration

Conference fees: 240€ (including meals and beverages, field trip)