Focali annual meeting 2020 – contribute to an exchange on forests, climate and livelihood issues!

Focalimembers Laura Kmoch and Harry Fischer at the annual meeting 2019 Photo: Anna Edlund

Focali annual meeting 2020 – contribute to an exchange on forests, climate and livelihood issues!

Welcome to join the Focali annual meeting 2020, which this year will be a fully online event! We live in times of interlinked crises and to tackle these we need broader collaborations across disciplines, sectors and regions. At this Focali annual meeting we will dig into some of the challenges related to forests, landscape, biodiversity, climate and livelihoods and discuss what role we can play ahead.

What Annual meeting
When Nov 04, 2020 10:00 AM to
Nov 05, 2020 02:00 PM
Where Onlie
Contact Name
Contact Phone Maria Ölund: +46 76-6229222
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We received so many interesting speed-talks that we decided to prolong the program with short sessions after lunch, and hope that as many as possible can join and contribute to the knowledge exchange, networking and dialogues!

Nov 4: 10:00-12:15, and 13:30-14:00

Nov 5: 10:00-12:15, and 13:30-14:15

The meeting will take place in zoom and you will receive the links to the meeting arenas in the confirmation email after completed registration.

Please find the program below as well as link to registration. Register to the Focali Annual Meeting no later than November 2nd, 2020

We look forward to meeting you online for these sessions on forests, climate and livelihood issues!

Register here 


Day 1: November 4, 10:00-12:15 and 13:30-14:00

09:45-10:00 Drop-in and "corridor mingle"

Welcome and introduction

2020: The Year of the Converging Crises – Multidisciplinarity key to solve entangled challenges

We live in times of linked crises, which should be a strong wake-up call on our interdependence with nature and need for broader and stronger collaboration across geographical regions, sectors, and disciplines. This session will highlight how we can enhance the broad collaborations that are necessary, while minimizing the challenges that sometimes follow with them.
 - Speaker TBC
 - Torsten Krause, 
Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies - Traditional ecological knowledge and hunting of forest fauna, why does it matter for the SDGs? Connecting the dots
 - Denise Margaret Matias, Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) & Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Asia: Forest-dependent peoples and wildlife consumption bans

Group discussion

Experiences of working with interlinked challenges in multidisciplinary collaborations. Participants may also suggest how Focali could support collaboration on entangled issues that could have a greater impact “on the ground”, where challenges are not separated by disciplines. 

Leg-stretch and mingle

Speed-talk session I: “Tropical deforestation – causes, implications and needed measures”

Moderator: Torsten Krause
 - Lan Wang Erlandsson, Stockholm Resilience Centre: Parts of Amazon rainforest near a tipping point where it could become a savanna ecosystem
 - Martin Persson
, Chalmers University of Technology: Reducing commodity-driven tropical deforestation -  Political feasibility and ‘theories of change’ for EU policy options
 - Paula Andre Sánchez García
, Stockholm Resilience Centre: Understanding Land Speculation as a driver of deforestation in the Northern Colombian Amazon

Contested and polarized issues - how to communicate complexity?

In media and on twitter, research results are often interpreted in simplified and polarized ways, as with the role of forests for the climate. In this session we will discuss how researchers can relate and engage in these debates. How can we as scientists show the importance of systemic approaches to address complex issues and how can we communicate complexity simple enough without losing credibility?
 - Aida Bargués Tobella, Swedish university of Agricultural Sciences, SLU
 - Elisabeth Simelton,
World Agroforestry Vietnam
 - Speaker TBC

Lunch break

Speed-talk session II: “Land-use, livelihoods and rights” 

Moderator: Harry Fischer (TBC)
 - Stephen Woroniecki,
Linköping University (Tema M /CSPR) and Oxford University (Nature-based Solutions Initiative): Biodiversity and Justice - Exploring the Epistemic Tensions
 - Minda Holm
, Stockholm Resilience Centre: Indigenous rights, claims and contestations in the changing forest-agriculture landscapes in South-East Asia – A literature review
 - Linda Engström
, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU: What are the impacts of cancelled development projects?

Day 2: November 5, 10:00-12:15 and 13:30-14:15

09:45-10:00 Drop-in and "corridor mingle"

Welcome and warm-up

Research-policy-practice dialogue on "The super-year for nature and people"

Key policy and practice actors will provide insights to current developments within our field, with a focus on 2021, the due to COVID-19 postponed “super year for nature and people”. Following short introductions to the biodiversity, climate, forest protection and restoration agendas ahead, the session will open up for a broad dialogue.
 - Jan Wärnbäck, Senior Policy Specialist Environment and Climate, Sida
 - Anton Anderssson, Forest Policy Advisor, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
 - Speaker TBC

Group discussions

What key issues are most important to focus on in relation to the key policy processes 2021? Which issues are not getting enough attention? What can we concretely do together in relation to these issues and related policy processes that could have an impact in policy and practice?

Speed-talk session III: “People at the center of restoration and sustainable landscape management”

Moderator: Hanna Sinare (TBC)
 - Ylva Nyberg
, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU: Use, effectiveness and disadvantages of agroforestry – Kenyan case
 - Rosa Goodman,
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU: Value generation is the key to scaling restoration and management

 - Lila Nath Sharma, ForestAction Nepal: A framework for ecologically informed invasive species management and forest restoration
 - Harry Fischer, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU: Effects of afforestation on rural livelihoods and land cover: Evidence from 40 years’ tree plantations in northern India
 - Dil Bahadur Khatri
, South Asia Institute of Advanced Studies: Lessons from research-policy-practice lab methodology in the local water management sector in Himalayas 


Planting seeds for deeper collaboration

Additional networking session with group discussions focusing on experience sharing and finding concrete issues and activities to collaborate around, divided into three themes:

  • Ecosystem restoration, climate and livelihoods
    incl. speed-talk by Gert Nyberg, SLU, on the Formas project Drylands Transform: Pathways and challenges towards a social-ecological transformation of landscapes, livestock and livelihoods.
  • Tackling deforestation and biodiversity loss while ensuring livelihoods and rights
  • Networking session open for other themes


Join the network and partner up!

Are you a researcher within our thematic field and would like to become a Focali member? Or would you like to discuss collaboration ideas with Focali or become a closer partner to our network? Contact us to discuss this, broad collaborations are needed more than ever. Focali aim to bridge academic disciplines, thematic areas and sectors within our field of interconnected challenges - welcome to join our efforts! Policy and practice urgently need to be better informed by research and research on the other hand need to learn from practice, policy implementation and local knowledge.



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