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1 December 2022

Focali annual meeting 2022

Photo by Vlad Hilitanu on Unsplash

It is once again time for Focali members, partners, and friends in our wider community to meet around current interlinked forest, climate and livelihood challenges. The Focali annual meeting, to be held in Gothenburg the 1–2 December, is the first in-person annual meeting since the memorable Focali 10-year anniversary meeting held in 2019.

After many online meetings, we now encourage in-person participation for this annual meeting, to keep up the vibrant discussions and networking across disciplines and sectors. Participation will however be possible via zoom as well.

Preliminary program

Dec 1: Conference day at Wallenberg Conference Centre

9.30 Registration
Coffee, sandwich and mingle

10.00 Welcome and opening of the conference day

10.15 Opening talks: Rise or reduction of commodity-driven deforestation in Brazil and Indonesia
Brazil did manage to reduce commodity-driven deforestation drastically, but now it is on the way up. Indonesia has recently seen drastic reductions in deforestation for palm oil. What can we learn from these experiences and how do we achieve more long-term reductions in deforestation? After the two opening talks a broader panel will follow where lessons from the work of The Tenure Facility in Democratic Republic of The Congo will be added to the discussion. 

  • Indonesia: Kimberly Carlson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, New York University
  • Brazil: Mairon Bastos Lima, Research Fellow Stockholm Environment Institute and Research Coordinator, Trase
  • DRC: Raymond Samndong, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting Manager The Tenure Facility

Session moderator: Martin Persson, Associate Professor, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology

10.55 Icebreaker and leg-stretch

11.00 Research for impact, but how? Lessons from the research–policy–practice interface
Researchers and policy makers share lessons and challenges from different angles and levels in this interface. A panel will be followed by a joint discussion on ways to improve this dialogue and the importance of research-based input for greater impact within our field. This session will in addition bring up current difficulties in this interface and discuss ways forward.

  • Emma Norrstad Tickner, Programme Manager Sida, Global Portfolio on Land Rights
  • Jesica López, PhD student, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC – Lund University
  • Martin Persson, Associate Professor, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Fourth panelist TBA

12.00 Sharing ideas for partnerships
Opportunity for members and partners to present themselves and pitch ideas for future collaboration.

  • Madeleine Fogde, Director SIANI, Senior Expert and Team Leader Agriculture, Land and Bioeconomy at SEI
  • Panelists TBA

12.20 Lunch

13.30 Parallel talk sessions, part 1

14.20 Coffee and cake

14.45 Parallel talk sessions, part 2

15.35 Horizon and window scanning session with panel and participants
Invited key panellists will share their top horizon scannings for 2023 on “hot” topics and “windows” ahead within the Focali thematic area. Participants will be invited to add their own perspectives. This session will provide space to summarise the conference day and discuss current developments, policy windows and other openings ahead where Focali and our broader community of partners and friends could engage to have greater impact on urgent and intertwined challenges of our time. 

  • Maria Brockhaus, Senior scientist CIFOR and Professor, Department of Forest Sciences, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability science, University of Helsinki
  • Panelists TBA

16.20 Closing of the conference day

16.30 Mingle and refreshments 

17.10 Walk to joint dinner (10 min walk)
Sign up for the dinner via the registration form. Dinner is free of charge except for beverages.

17.30 Conference dinner and continued networking

Day 2: Workshop at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

9.30 Coffee and reflections from main conference day
Introduction to aim and method of workshop

10.00 Focali “world café” workshop on different themes
Themes TBA soon

12.00 Lunch and end of Focali annual meeting 2022

The aim of the workshop is:

  • To pick up themes discussed during the conference day and dig deeper into how we can take the discussions forward in our network activities, research collaborations or outreach.
  • To identify and catalyse areas with potential for enhanced collaboration within the network between members in different research environments and/or with actors in other sectors.
  • Via mutual learning equip participants with enriched understanding and/or tools for research – policy – practice interactions and outreach of research findings.
  • To provide Focali with strategic guidance and ideas for 2023 as well as ideas to develop in the new phase of the Focali – SIANI collaboration and other potential partnerships ahead.

More information and registration link HERE


From 1 December 2022 at 09:30 to 2 December 2022 at 12:00


Wallenberg Conference Centre and Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

Hosted by

Maria Ölund, Project manager Focali - Email: