Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visit CIFOR
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visited CIFOR headquarters in Bogor on May 22. CIFOR and Sweden have strong ties, from the founding of CIFOR in 1993 by Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and the USA, together with the Indonesian government, to CIFOR's current Director General Dr. Peter Holmgren, who is a Swedish national.
“Learning, based on science, is a basis for that sustainable future we want,” said Peter Holmgren, “and CIFOR's research aims to demonstrate and ensure that forestry contributes to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Indonesia and Sweden can learn from each other when it comes to forestry, and both countries are taking great responsibility for future climate action, biological diversity and sustainable management of forest resources.”
Seminar on the role of forestry for sustainable development
To mark this special occasion, CIFOR, in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta, organized a series of events on sustainability and innovation. A networking luncheon with a poster exhibition was followed by a seminar on the role of forestry for sustainable development, and a symbolic tree planting ceremony.
The purpose of these events was to increase the sharing of experiences and know-how between CIFOR, Sweden and Indonesia in forestry research and development, and their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key officials and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society took part in the day’s events.
Tree planting ceremony
Their Majesties planted an Ironwood (Ulin) tree that symbolizes that we value longterm perspectives in forestry. It also provides the reflection that we must balance social, economic, and environmental benefits from the forest, as major contributions to overall sustainable development. Sweden and Indonesia are leading forestry countries, both taking great responsibility for future climate, biological diversity and sustainable managemenet of forest resources. Learn more
A shared vision on forests and sustainability
CIFOR, Sweden and Indonesia share the vision of a more sustainable world, in which forestry research and innovation play a critical role. Sweden’s sustainable forestry practices, where the replanting of trees to compensate for cut trees has been mandatory for more than a century, are also aligned with CIFOR and Indonesia’s on-going efforts to highlight and disseminate sustainable forestry practices, locally and globally.