IAFN promoting forests and biodiversity at Global Summit

IAFN promoting forests and biodiversity at Global Summit

As the global community works toward the post-2015 agenda, much has been written about the new incarnation of the Millenium Development Goals. Called the Sustainable Development Goals, these new objectives will guide development policy and practice for the years to come. In the ongoing discourse, the themes of forest restoration and conservation and placing a higher value on biodiversity are gaining prominence as important components of sustainable growth.

The International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN) has worked since 1996 to promote analog forestry, a land management technique that seeks to create biodiverse agroforestry systems that are inspired by mature forest ecology (and, hence, are ‘analogous’ in structure and function). We work with a vibrant community of practice that includes over 20 institutional partners in 18 countries. Through our participation in Rich Forests, we promote sustainable forest enterprises at a local and international level.

IAFN is proud to announce that we will be presenting at the Knowledge and Innovation Marketplace at the First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. We will be presenting the experiences of our network in working with analog forestry to restore landscapes and provide sustainable economic opportunities. It is our hope that by reaching out to a global audience, we will be able to scale out this methodology and work further towards the integration of forest restoration and biodiversity conservation in the global development agenda.

In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, analog forestry and biodiversity restoration in general will play a key role in restoring degraded landscapes, improving sustainable livelihoods, and promoting an alternative development model that emphasizes the interconnection of human societies with nature.

In working toward this opportunity, IAFN is soliciting input from our network of partners as well as the global biodiversity community. We want to know what messages you think must be brought to the table in the post-2015 agenda, and what the role of biodiversity restoration will need to be. If you have projects in analog forestry, permaculture, or agroforestry with an emphasis on growing biodiversity within a production system, we would love to know more about your project to promote these diverse experiences to a global audience.

If you would like to share your experiences, learn more, or have any questions or comments, please contact Adam Kabir Dickinson, Knowledge Management Officer, at

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