New Generation Plantations Platform 10th Anniversary

21 Jun 2017
Chatham House, London

The annual Illegal Logging Stakeholder Update meetings are held at Chatham House in London to promote international dialogue. Supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), the conferences share best practice in combatting illegal logging and in improving forest governance. This includes examining the growing pressure from other land-use sectors on forests, such as agriculture and mining, that has been driving illegal logging and deforestation.

In the past, the creation of new planted forests has not been considered alongside the issues of illegal logging and deforestation, and plantation forestry has often attracted criticism from environmental organisations.

In June 2017, the 10th anniversary of the New Generation Plantations Platform, we shall look at how planted forests can help combat illegal logging and deforestation by providing sustainable timber resources. We shall review the progress that has been made and the challenges ahead, and explore the ways in which well-managed planted forests can promote values such as good governance, social empowerment, sustainable development and local livelihoods – as well as mitigating the effects of climate change.

The last session on the second day of the 2017 Illegal Logging Update, on 20 June, will provide an overview of the synergies between combatting illegal logging and deforestation and the role of planted forests. Then on Wednesday morning we shall develop this theme further with a look at the New Generations Plantations initiative.

Facilitated by WWF international – this is a broad partnership of governments, forestry companies, interested bodies and ENGOs. It works as a forum to discuss management and land-use issues and the promotion of the very best practice in planted forests. Having been in existence for 10 years this is a good time to review what difference NGP has made and look at some case studies presented by its participants.

More information on the event and conference registration is available on the New Generation Plantations website.