What is the Forest Dialogue?

The Aus­trian For­est Di­a­logue is therefore a di­a­logue process in which all for­est stake­hold­ers de­fine their mu­tual in­ter­ests in forests and forestry, as well as  the ways in which they want to take part in the prepa­ra­tion of a for­est pro­gramme.

It is a con­tin­u­ous, open di­a­logue process which is open to all who have an interest in for­ests- be it for economic or cultural reasons. The focus is on the search for sustainable forest policies that do not result in a con­flict of in­ter­est, thereby advocating multilateral solutions that satisfy all the diverse interest groups with respect to forests. The Aus­trian For­est Di­a­logue pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to ex­change dif­fer­ent po­si­tions in dis­cus­sions, where stake­hold­ers meet as part­ners, and to reach a con­sen­sus re­gard­ing possible solutions to a particular problem, while still being sustainable. Thanks to the Di­a­logue, the numerous is­sues relating to for­est pol­icy can be sub­sumed into the various modules and working groups, resulting in a specific and specialist discussion over particular topics of importance. 
The con­cept of the Na­tional For­est Pro­grammes was de­vel­oped in the course of the in­ter­na­tional for­est-po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue fol­low­ing the 1992 United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on En­vi­ron­ment and De­vel­op­ment in Rio de Janeiro. It has be­come ac­cepted as a ref­er­ence frame­work for the sus­tain­able man­age­ment, main­te­nance and de­vel­op­ment of all types of forests.

published at 06.06.2018, Kommunikation und Service (Abteilung Präs. 5)