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…

Anna Herforth, of the Division of Nutritional Science at Cornell University, will give an opening lecture on Friday, January 25, the first full day of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters.  The talk will take place at 9:15AM in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

About the Speaker– Anna Herforth is a consultant specializing in nutrition as a multisectoral issue related to agriculture and the environment. She consults for the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and USAID’s SPRING project. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. She has worked with universities, nonprofit organizations, agencies of the United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) on nutrition policy…

Frances Seymour, Former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will give the keynote lecture of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6pm in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

About the Speaker–  Frances Seymour is currently a Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. From 2006 to 2012, she served as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an international organization headquartered in Indonesia. She led the development of a new strategy for CIFOR, guided the launch of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, and contributed to CIFOR publications on forests and climate change. Prior to CIFOR…

From January 24th to January 26th, 2013, Yale’s chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will host a conference, “Food and Forests: Cultivating Resilient Landscapes,” which will assess the complexities of building equitable and resilient food systems while facilitating  tropical forest conservation. The conference will commence with a keynote speech delivered by Frances Seymour, the former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research and will feature a workshop on facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues led by Gary Dunning of The Forests Dialogue. For more information and to register please visit: http://www.yale.edu/istf/ and http://forestsandfood.eventbrite.com/. Please register by January 15th.

Bibliography - Keynote Address by Robin Chazdon

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Dr. Robin Chazdon has shared a bibliography of papers referenced in her Keyonte Address, “Making Tropical Forest Succession Successful” at the 18th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters.

ABSTRACT – Tropical forest succession follows distinct pathways depending on prior land use, post-abandonment disturbance, faunal diversity, and the dynamics of the surrounding landscape. These distinct pathways determine rates of change in species composition, forest structure, and ecosystem processes. Metrics of “success” during forest regrowth are largely determined by values of different stakeholders. Conservation biologists value regrowth as habitats for endemic species and forest specialists. Local people value regrowth for numerous ecosystem products and services…

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