A prominent theme throughout the conference was the importance of Indigenous community engagement in preserving and managing forests. Local leaders from various communities shared their experiences in building strong relationships with nearby forests and discussed the economic opportunities they have created for their residents. From ecosystem services to sustainable forest products & services, these success stories showcased the power of community-driven efforts in achieving both environmental and economic goals.
The conference also highlighted the vital role of local habitats in supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services. Experts presented cases of conservation projects that took into account the needs of both human communities and local wildlife, demonstrating that a holistic approach can yield meaningful results for all stakeholders involved.
Overall, the Cultural Forest Conference was a resounding success, sparking crucial conversations and fostering international collaboration. It served as a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of humans and nature and emphasized the importance of nurturing these relationships for the well-being of both communities and the environment. Participants left with renewed enthusiasm and a wealth of ideas to put into action in their own communities and beyond.Back to the archives