World Forestry Congress 2015

Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7 - 11 September 2015, Durban, South Africa
Wednesday | 18:15 – 19:30 | Hall 3BC

Using evidence-based engagement and communications to inform global forestry policies and practice

Knowledge generated by forestry research organizations has the potential to make a real, lasting and positive impact on the world.

But getting that knowledge into the right hands, in the right format, with the right tools and at the right time is a complex challenge for communications specialists and scientists alike.

Join this side event to share experiences on leveraging communications and engagement to connect science, policy and action.

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John Colmey, CIFOR
  • The Global Landscapes Forum for cross-sector engagement and knowledge sharing
  • Using social media to build and engage with networks 
  • CIFOR’s Forests News blog for science communications
  • Embedding communications within research projects to create uptake and impact
  • Monitoring communication outputs and evaluating impact
Laura Ivers, PROFOR
  • On linking evidence with policy dialogues, increasing knowledge exchange, and monitoring the impact and reach of communication activities.
Miguel Calmon, IUCN
  • Participatory farmer radio campaigns to bring technical knowledge to rural farmers and sculpt their behavior for better land management
  • International learning exchanges and training seminars as a way to capture and share complex knowledge among practitioners from countries with different challenges and similar goals
  • High-level communications networks to help the global restoration movement speak with one voice and be heard.