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The Forests Dialogue
Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forest
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the bio-energy sector will experience significant growth over the coming decade, rising from the current 10 percent to 30 percent of the world's primary energy mix by 2050. The world population is predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 and will need food and energy. Depending on the land-use policy adopted, deforestation by 2050 could reach between 232 and 55.5 million hectares. The rapid growth of the bio-energy sector and increasing demand for food and fiber will strongly affect land-use globally. Given these trends, how can demands be met while maintaining the long-term sustainability of forests, businesses, communities, bio-diversity, governments, and the economies that depend on them?
The Forests Dialogue's Initiative on Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests aims to provide thoughtful leadership, catalyze debate and rally influential stakeholders around the future role and value of forests in relation to food, fuel and fiber, identify key issues on land-use, trade and lifestyle from a global perspective that warrant further dialogue, and develop specific and practical ways forward on key issues.
This Field Dialogue built on the findings from the initial 2011 Scoping Dialogue in Washington D.C. The dialogue is part of an effort to expand the initiative by engaging key stakeholders in agriculture, forestry, biofuels and food security to:
1) Bridge the forest and agriculture sectors and provide more holistic insight into the challenges of land and water use, intensification of forestry and farming, and expanding patterns of mass consumption in Brazil and internationally;
2) Provide thoughtful leadership and catalyze debate around solutions for conserving forest values, while meeting a growing world population’s needs for food, fuel and fiber;
3) Identify the key issues on land-use, trade and lifestyle and explore if and how they can be reconciled with local or national aspirations;
4) Establish specific and practical ways forward on key issues, and preparedness to pursue them, amongst stakeholders in Brazil.
The 4F dialogue is funded by BNDES, The Ministry of Environment - Brazil, GIZ, CCAFS,IIED, Fibria, Mondi, IDEAS and Bracelpa and co-organized by The Forests Dialogue, Instituto Ethos, Bracelpa and Fibria.
In the Media:
Reuters AlertNet December 2012
Ideia Sustentavel December 2012
Valor Econômico January 2013
The DC scoping dialogue was a crucial starting point for TFD's 4F initiative. It gathered leaders from different stakeholder groups to identify key fracture lines on the topic and discuss how future dialogues and linked actions can contribute to overcoming them. It focused on the potential role and value of forests, and the supply of food, fuel, and fiber, in a future world where humanity is living within the Earth's ecological limits and sharing its resources more equitably.
The dialogue was co-hosted by WWF US Headquarters.