Indufor’s Blair Freeman was selected to participate in the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium held in Oxford in April 2016 and it’s panel ‘Forest governance in Southeast Asia – evidence for policy innovation’.
This panel (link here) focussed on forest governance in two of SE Asia’s most forest-rich nations, Indonesia and Malaysia, and drew from current research and practice to illuminate challenges and opportunities for improving forest governance. Key elements of forest governance – conservation, Indigenous Peoples, the timber trade, the integration of interests across landscapes, and the evidence base for decision-making, were discussed with symposium attendees.
Blair presented on the contemporary model of the landscape approach, to address and reconcile competing land uses through broad stakeholder engagement across sectors and ongoing dialogue between government agencies, the private sector and civil society.
Blair’s presentation titled, ‘Redefining a natural resources management approach: Addressing global challenges at the landscape level’ is available here.