International Symposium on

Transforming Mountain Forestry

Bridging transboundary challenges with 21st century paradigms for the welfare of mountain people
, forests
 and environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Dehradun, India
18 - 22 January 2015


1. Institutions and governance: Assessing institutional frameworks and their delivery on good forest governance for shaping policy, science, and practice
  • Broadening the stakeholdership for forest governance: What has worked and why in HKH?
  • Institutional complexities and service delivery on policy, practice and science: Did bottom-up reach Top-Down or vice-versa?
  • Institutions and Inclusive governance: Did sustained flow of services reach out to disadvantageous? 

2. Forest dynamics and management:
Using the science of forest dynamics to improve the management of mountain forests for sustaining services at landscape levels
  • Forest dynamics and the changing climate: Do we have the evidential changes?
  • Forest ecosystems and future: Simulating the changes and projecting the needs of corrective actions  
  • Forest Types Classification: Do we need to relook at the "Champion & Seth Classification" why and with what benefits?
  • Updating on the science of forest ecosystem flows in the HKH
  • Charting forest management:  Balancing food-water-energy at the premium of inclusiveness
  • Time to profile the standards of forest management: Scoping the forest certification once for all
  • Bridging sustainable forest management and ecosystem flows and the recurrent caveats:
    • Measuring the merits and demerits of the "Ban" of green felling 
    • Taming the forest fire, Once for All” 
    • Settling the human-wildlife conflicts or live with it 
    • Countering the invasion of invasive plants
    • Managing for goods and services 
    • Forests and "Biodiversity Agenda" 
3. Linking incentives to stewardship: Using forest valuation science to bring new incentives for sustained stewardship of mountain forests
  • Mathematics of forest ecosystems service flows: Profiling the valuation methodologies for valuing the services
  • Growing and eating forest carbon: Does REDD+ deliver the undelivered? 
  • Sharing the forest booty: The enigma of equitable access and benefit sharing vs. tenure security trauma
4. From subsistence to regional markets: Identifying opportunities to link value-added forest goods and services and forest technologies to certified markets and enterprises at landscape levels

5. Forestry knowledge forums and regional cooperation for policy, practice, and science: Promoting options for actions in transboundary forest ecosystem management by interfacing national and regional policies, practices, research, and knowledge networks

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