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the Netherlands - 11 February, 2021
Two inter-related roadmaps for primary forest conservation, and for innovative forest technologies in the Asia-Pacific region are being developed as follow-up to the recommendations of the ‘Third Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook Study’ published in 2019, by FAO and CIFOR. At the end of last year Tropenbos International participated during an online expert workshop on innovative forest technologies to take stock of the progress made in the development of the roadmap and prepare the next steps.
During the online workshop, organized by the CGIAR research programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and FAO, invited experts: (i) identified the main promising innovative technologies for the forest sector in the region; (ii) explored the different functions these can perform along the value chain; (iii) illustrated their associated challenges and opportunities in different contexts with some specific case studies; and, (iv) discussed the main technical, socio-economic and institutional bottlenecks to technology dissemination and adoption and the needed transformations.
Based on these very rich discussions, participants collectively suggested possible recommendations for decision-makers, directed specifically to four different stakeholder groups: (i) public actors; (ii) private actors; (iii) civil society and local communities; (iv) research and academic institutions. This workshop has been recognized as an important milestone in the development of the roadmap.