Title of symposium:
Seeding resilient forest landscape restoration and its contribution to sustainable development goals.

Principal Organizer:
Riina Jalonen
Bioversity International

Chris Kettle
Bioversity International/ ETH Zurich

Tajang Jinggut
Partnership Development Manager TRCRC, Malaysia

Symposium summary:
Numerous countries worldwide have responded to the 15th Aichi Biodiversity Target and other global commitments on restoration of degraded ecosystems by setting forest and landscape restoration targets in millions of hectares and initiating large scale tree planting programmes. Such targets require massive amounts of forest reproductive material (tree seed, seedlings, cuttings and other planting stock), depending on species’ biology, level of degradation and restoration method used. Restoring a million hectares of forest through planting to maximum density may require a billion seedlings, and ideally these should include seedlings of exactly those native and threatened species whose populations, and subsequently available seed, are declining as a result of ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity. Restoration approaches that rely on natural recruitment of seedlings to the restoration site in turn require that seed source populations within the vicinity of the site are genetically healthy and that geneflow is adequate. In addition to making sure that the appropriate species and material are available for restoration, we also need to have the broader socioecological system in mind. Restoration, needs to provide multiple benefits to a diverse stakeholder community, this includes, youth, women, private sector, municipalities and others. A range of innovative tools are necessary to ensure that restoration maximizes benefits across multiple stakeholders.
To this end the symposium seeks to exchange knowledge about suitable approaches, and both positive and negative experiences, to ensure resilient FLR these will include for example:

  1. Centralized and/or decentralized approaches for collecting and producing material for restoration.
  2. Effectiveness of different restoration methods in restoring genetic and species diversity
  3. Impact of ecosystem degradation on species interactions and approaches to restoring these (tree species, dispersers, symbionts etc.)
  4. Experiences in restoring threatened tree species
  5. Intergrating social ecological knowledge effectively into the planning process
  6. policies, guidelines and capacity needs regarding FLR

List of speakers and presentation titles

  1. Stephen Elliot (University of Chang Mai)
  2. Dzaeman B. Dzulkifli David TRCRC
  3. Sophie Sophie Bruno Manser Fund from BMF
  4. Eyen Khoo (Sabah Forest Department, FRC
  5. Mohd Zulfazli ‘Fazli’ Moktar PhD candidate University of Malaysia Sabah.
    “Monitoring genetic diversity in a long term restoration project on Borneo”
  6. Dr. Arbainsyah Insya Indonesia Program Assistant, Asia Program, ELTI, East Kalimantan
  7. Marlene Elias Bioversity International The importance of Gender in resilient Restoration
  8. Riina Jalonen, Bioversity International
  9. Daniella Maria Schweizer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland