The forum on Security, Development, and Forest Conflict was hosted by the International Crisis Group and Fiona Hall MEP in Brussels on 8 and 9 February 2006.
The forum is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN), and ARD, Inc.
The forum brought representatives from the defence, diplomatic, and development communities together to:
Raise awareness of the different approaches of these communities to conflict in forest areas, and identify complementarities and synergies;
Evaluate the implications of conflict in forest areas for security and development;
Present current work in this area and identify effective responses to local-level conflict, armed conflict, and post-conflict conditions in forest areas;
Identify follow-up actions, including collaboration between participants in specific countries and regions, and new approaches to programming guidance and policy development.