Mega trends – SIFI:s´ fourth news letter

Follow the outcome of the global trend seminar as well as the sixth Forest Europe conference

A super-cycle is a period of historically high global growth, lasting a generation or more, driven by urbanisation and technological innovation, characterised by the emergence of new economies. This we learnt at a seminar on 8 June in Stockholm which was entitled Global Trends – Implications on the Development and Use of Natural Resources. In early May, the American think tank the Rights and Resources Initiative (RR I) organized a Blue Skies meeting in London at Chatham House with leaders and thinkers from all over the world. They discussed trends related to natural resources globally which are under stress from rising consumption and unsustainable production practices. The outcome of that meeting was the starting point for the seminar in Stockholm, co-organized by RR I and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA ), presented in this issue. The international speakers represented PR ISMA in Latin and South America, the African Forest Forum and the World Agroforestry Centre in Asia. The Swedish  stakeholders were represented at the very highest level. Thereby the conditions were the best for a successful day.

In this issue we also follow the sixth Forest Europe conference in Oslo as well as the climate negotiating session in Bonn. Our last contribution reconnects to the development in Chile, where Prime Minister Reinfeldt visited and signed a memorandum of understanding on forest management. Sit back in the hammock and let the mega trends and the super-cycle guide you. A system way of thinking seems necessary and the future will let us know how successful the management of the natural resources will be, given the urgency and complexity of current developments.

Content SIFI-news – Nr 4 – 2011:

Territorial dynamics and disputes in the Peruvian Amazon p 2

A challenge to implement the effects of the global trends_p 3

Trends shaping land use and natural resource governance to 2030 p 4

Institutional reform, ‘quality’ growth, may help sustain world’s resources_p 6

Bio-based economy ripe with opportunity, but for whom? p 8

Reflections on the seminar about global trends_p 9

Half-time ahead of COP 17 p 10

Ministerial agreement signed in Oslo p 10

Chile and Sweden agree on further cooperation_p 11

Fair Trade Wood from Chile p 11

Calendar 2011, summer and autumn acti viti es_p 12

Fredrik Ingemarson, editor