MegaFlorestais 2023 Meeting Synopsis

Transforming Forest Management, Delivering Climate and Conservation Solutions

Author: MegaFlorestais and Rights and Resources Initiative

Date: August 24, 2023

Since 2006, forest agency leaders from the most forested countries in the world have been gathering for annual meetings under the MegaFlorestais banner. This group of top forest agency leadership manages more than 50 percent of the world’s forests and is uniquely positioned to influence and accelerate change within the forestry sector.

This year, leaders gathered in Lake Tahoe, California for the first time since before the Covid-19 pandemic. It was hosted by Chief Randy Moore and Associated Chief Angela Coleman of the United States Forest Service (USFS); MegaFlorestais Co-Chairs Sally Collins and Herman Sundqvist; and RRI Coordinator Solange Bandiaky-Badji.

The meeting’s key objectives were to:

  1. Learn about forest management programs, innovations, and strategies directly from leaders who implement them;
  2. Share major trends in forest policy, management, and markets;
  3. Strengthen relationships between forest agency leaders and create new opportunities for international cooperation;
  4. Expand the collective knowledge and technical expertise of forest leadership; and
  5. Promote strategic and innovative thinking.