Workshop: The Forest Dialogues on Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Dialogues, at the Yale International Society of Tropical Foresters 2013 Annual Conference

Gary Dunning of The Forest Dialogues will convene a workshop on Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Dialogues, as part of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters.  The workshop will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, 3:15-5pm, in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

Workshop topic–

Conflicts related to forests are complex, persistent and range widely across scales, time frames, players, and goods and services. Particularly challenging are the inequalities in power, resources and capacity of those with a stake in the forests, which can create fundamental stumbling blocks to finding solutions. Multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) processes can significantly reduce conflict among forest stakeholders and greatly improve outcomes by engaging divergent actors in the pursuit of common action. This hands-on workshop will lead participants through an introduction of the fundamentals of dialogue, its potential in resource management and conditions that are necessary to effectively engage stakeholders in a discussion. A facilitated mini-dialogue on Food, Fuel Fiber and Forests will be part of the workshop.

About The Forest Dialogues–

The Forests Dialogue (TFD), formed in 2000, is an outgrowth of dialogues begun under the auspices of the World Bank, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the World Resources Institute and WWF. These dialogues converged to create TFD when leaders decided to build an on-going, civil society driven, multistakeholder dialogue platform and process to forge relationships and to spur collaborative action on the highest priority issues facing the world’s forests.
Purpose and Mission: To contribute to sustainable land and resource use, the conservation of forests, and improved livelihoods by helping people engage and explore difficult issues, find collaborative solutions, and make positive changes through constructive dialogue processes among all key stakeholders, based on mutual trust, enhanced understanding and commitment to change.

About the Conference–  ”Food and Forests:  Cultivating Resilient Landscapes”, the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters, will be held January 24-26, 2013 at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  The conference will include a workshop on facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, as well as three panel discussions:  Beyond Yields:  Food Security and Resilience, Reconciling Interests at the Landscape Scale, and Large-Scale Governance and Small-Scale Farming.  For more information, please visit www.yale.edu/istf.