The increasing global demand for food, biofuel and fiber is impacting on many landscapes, often threatening the other values they deliver, including ecosystem services such as biodiversity, catchment values and climate change mitigation. As is now widely recognized, managing landscape transitions well is fundamental to achieving sustainable development.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD) and its partners responded to these challenges and opportunities by establishing the Changing Outlooks on Food, Fuel, Fibre and Forests Initiative (4Fs Initiative) in 2011. The initiative brings together key stakeholders in a structured process, built around co-learning dialogues in landscapes undergoing transformation. The dialogues promote knowledge sharing and joint learning amongst participants from different perspectives, sectors and countries, to identify opportunities for synergistic responses and to catalyze continuing collaboration in support of them.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and TFD jointly convened a second 4Fs Field Dialogue in and around Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, on 16-19 March 2014. The Central Kalimantan Field Dialogue was designed to generate learnings to inform discussions at the Forests Asia Summit.
The discussion forum took the form of a mini-dialogue, drawing from the Field Dialogue to actively engage participants of Forests Asia Summit in discussion on how to support more sustainable landscape transitions in Asia. The discussion forum was designed to build a platform for participants to engage with and learn from each others’ experience.
The forum began with introductory reflections from a panel of Central Kalimantan Field Dialogue participants on key learnings from the Dialogue. Those learnings structured small group discussions to draw from participants’ perspectives and experiences. Key issues discussed include how to:
- understand and pursue objectives related to forests and forestry in wider contexts (including Sustainable Development Goals and landscape approaches);
- address core social issues (including recognition of fundamental human rights; livelihood improvement; gender inclusion; and resolution of land tenure issues for Indigenous Peoples and smallholders) to create enabling conditions for fairer, more sustainable land uses;
- increase engagement with the private sector in creating sustainable landscapes;
- develop business opportunities for smallholders and small-medium enterprises in sustainable landscapes;
- create more effective and better-coordinated governance across each government level and different sectors;
- better understand the environmental impacts of production systems to allow fully-informed decisions about development options and trajectories.