Imagine never having to feel guilty about where the timber of your new table comes from. Not needing to worry about the origin of the returns of your investments. Imagine rewarding trees for the services they provide and universally accepting the autonomy of forests. What if we could be directly supporting communities who are protecting forests with the click of a button?
In this event, we will explore different ways in which blockchain technology could support reliable and effective sustainable forest management. We will explore how blockchain could support regulation and certification of forest products and take a deep dive into current enabling and constraining factors of forest governance.
We will listen and contribute to possible future scenarios for managing forests and hear from real applications implemented in different regions of the world. Speakers are invited to discuss current gaps and needs to bring effective application of blockchain for forests further.
The event will be virtual with a live session at the FAO office in Rome combined with sessions in an online venue (Vfairs). You are cordially invited to meet with speakers, network, watch a movie, download materials, listen to presentations, and participate in discussions. Participants vary from tech start up entrepreneurs, people living in or around forests, private sector actors, IT-specialists, policy makers, forestry professionals, and academia.
This day is meant for people from across the sector to unite and exchange and possibly get out of it with a new network or project in the pipeline.
Welcome digital forest enthusiast!
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This event is a one-time event organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Wageningen UR (The Netherlands) to discuss the latest developments on blockchain for sustainable forest management. It is a free event where you can expect insightful discussions and presentations, inspiring and hands-on examples, and interesting speakers and attendees to chat and network with.
The main sessions will be taking place in the Auditorium, talking about different functions of blockchain for forests management, as governance mechanism, finance mechanism, examples of protocols and a future perspective of autonomous forest.
The exhibition space gives organisations opportunity to disseminate materials. Attendees can collect materials like posters, documents, photos to their personal bag which then can be mailed to their personal email. Five booths will have material about the following topics:
Kickoff by Bram de Vos, Managing Director, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University and Research
Introduction to the event and blockchain by Jaclyn Bolt, Business Innovator Earth Informatics, Wageningen Environmental Research.
Wageningen Environmental Research
Bram de Vos
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Blockchain as RegTech for forests
In the realm of RegTech, blockchain technology is considered a technology that could help track and verify data. Tracking and tracing through a value chain is not new, eco-labels and fair trade certificates exist. We will invite speakers from timber research, applications and indusrty to discuss the chances and difficulties of this new frontier. What is missing for BC and RegTech to be successfully applied to the timber industry, how does the future look like and what is needed to make a difference?
Erik van Ingen - Facilitator
Blockchain is a governance mechanism, and it could help shape the future of forests by making them completely autonomous. Innovative as it sounds, this development is already moving forward. Together with specialists in the field we take a bold leap into the future and explore what it could mean.
During this session we would like you to interact and mingle. Find your way to the chatroom you can see in the lobby. Feel free to choose any chatroom that interests you. You can even create your own chatroom if you have an interesting topic you'd like to chat about.
Jaclyn Bolt - Facilitator
Wageningen Environmental Reseach
Local and native communities have long been identified as key players when it comes to the sustainable management of forests. They live in and around important forest ecosystems and have deep knowledge of the biodiversity, ecosystem processes, as well as the threats to their forest area. Blockchain can provide a decentralized way of managing data, payments, ownership and information flow, contributing to the democratization and autonomisation of communities.
We will talk about how BC and machine learning can help to catapult communities to the frontline of forest conservation.
Timothy Boekhout van Solinge
Forest Forces Foundation
Chief Dadá Borari
Forest Forces Foundation
Luiz Cruz Villares
Foundation for the Amazon Sustainability
novusteck, Wood Tracking Protocol
Expert in socio-environmental projects
Technical lead / CTO
Partners in crime prevention
Partners in crime prevention.
Managing Director, Environmental Sciences Group
Chief Product Officer
Senior Manager Sustainable Raw Materials and Management Systems
Digital Agriculture and Innovation Specialist (Frontier technologies)
Founder & CEO of Bluenumber
Professor at University of Cambridge