FORUM “Science in Dialogue”

Conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss around the main topic of “Challenges of sustainable development: implications for the future of forests and forested landscapes”. Key speakers will be providing views to open the dialogue as part of the exchange and discussion. This Forum will also provide key conclusions and perspectives from the Conference as a whole and will take part on Friday.

The Forum will focus the following challenges:

What are the biggest concerns and most pressing challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 in relation to the future of forests? Are there synergies and trade-offs in implementing the SDGs from a forestry perspective? What are the most important knowledge gaps and information requirements by policy makers, business and industry, and civil society groups? Is there a mismatch between the knowledge delivered by education and the expertise skills needed? How can IUFRO support policy makers, business and industry, and civil society groups more effectively in addressing the forest-related SDGs? Which forms of collaborative action could be taken in the near future?

Round table: Thomas Knoke (TUM School of Life Sciences , Germany); Marine Elbakidze (Swedish University of Agricultural Science); Christine Fürst (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany); Jose Alberto Gobbi (INTA, Argentina); Eeva Primer (Syke, Finland)
Chair: Sandra Luque (Irstea, France)