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12 June 2023

Operationalizing a sustainability transition in tropical forests

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Deforestation is a critical issue for both people and the planet. This event aims to provide new insights into deforestation and highlight the role of international regulations in developing deforestation-free supply chains. Collaboration across sectors is essential to effectively reduce deforestation and promote sustainable livelihoods in tropical forest regions.

The event will highlight recent global developments, such as international forest and biodiversity commitments, as well as the newly adopted EU deforestation law on trade with forest risk commodities. The programme will also include discussions on regional, national and local developments and capacity to enable a sustainable and equitable transition in tropical forest regions. The Amazon will be the main tropical region in focus, but speakers and panelists will also share developments and lessons learned from other regions.

This open event, organised by researchers from the Focali network, is open to anyone interested in promoting a transition to sustainability in tropical forests. The event will feature insights from recent research and collaborative work, as well as a panel discussion with actors from different sectors working in tropical forest regions. Discussions will focus on ways forward and how to improve collaboration to tackle deforestation and biodiversity loss while promoting sustainable livelihoods.

In-person participation is encouraged for this event, but a hybrid option will be available for those unable to travel to Lund. Join us for an informative and engaging discussion on deforestation and the path to a sustainable future for tropical forests.

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13.15 Open event: Operationalizing a sustainability transition in tropical forests

Part I: Global challenges and response connected to tropical forests including international commitments and the new EU policy to tackle tropical deforestation.

  • Mairon G. Bastos Lima, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute; Research Coordinator, Trase,
    Seeing tropical deforestation through a transitions lens: The theoretical basis and examples from the Brazilian Amazon
  • Jesica López, PhD student, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC, Lund University.
    Perspectives for sustainability transitions – the case of cattle ranching and Bioeconomy in Colombia deforestation frontiers. 
  • Torsten Krause, Senior Lecturer Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS.
    Local communities and Indigenous peoples – their roles in protecting forests and safeguarding traditional ecological knowledges
  • Q&A and discussion

Break and coffee

Part II: From local to global ways forward, local initiatives, innovations and need for broad collaborations across disciplines, sectors, and regions.

  • Martin Persson, Professor, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Leveraging support for halting agriculture-driven deforestation: where and how can the EU make a difference?
  • Maria Rydlund, Senior Policy Advisor Forest, International Department, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, How international policy instruments meet local realities and actors in tropical forest areas and related value chains.
  • Janine Dortmundt, Advisor responsible value chains at Ethical Trade Denmark,
    Improving opportunities for coffee producers, nature and climate. Can the EU deforestation law accelerate collaboration for an equitable coffee transition? The case of the Danish Alliance for Responsible Coffee.
  • Q&A and discussion

16.30 After event: Mingle and networking with participants

For questions about the event, please connect with the local hosts Jesica and Torsten or the Focali project leader Maria:

Jesica López, CEC – LU:
Torsten Krause, LUCSUS – LU:
Maria Ölund, Focali – GU,

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From 12 June 2023 at 13:15 to 12 June 2023 at 16:30


Red room, Centrum för miljö- och klimatvetenskap, Lunds universitet, Sölvegatan 37, 223 62 Lund, Sverige