Wrapping up the Forests Asia Summit 2014

The Forests Asia Summit 2014, held in Jakarta on 5 and 6 May, saw government leaders, business executives, scientists, civil society leaders, students and funding partners agree that addressing deforestation and supporting green growth is an urgent priority.

This key message was voiced early in the Summit with Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urging Southeast Asia’s governments to support sustainable growth that does not deplete the regions natural resources.

Over the two days, 120 speakers in 31 sessions addressed the Summit’s five themes of governance and legal frameworks, investing in landscapes, climate change, food and biodiversity, and communities and equitable development. The Summit succeeded in engaging multi-sector stakeholders — including 12 government ministers, private business executives, scientists and more — to generate realistic, evidence-based solutions to attaining a sustainable and equitable green economy in Southeast Asia.

The Summit was attended by 2200 participants, viewed by another 6064 on the live webstream and tweeted to 2.45 million different Twitter users over the two days. The high level of participation made the Summit one of the largest Asia has seen in the past few years.

Key messages from the conference have been summarized in an outcome document and videos of all presentations and speeches can be found here. For information on the 2014 themes, sessions, speakers and more, visit the Forests Asia website.