ABOUT THE WRITER
Appointed in 2012, Dr. Peter Holmgren is the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he leads a team of more than 200 scientists and staff operating together with partner institutions in over 40 countries. Under his leadership, CIFOR updated its strategy in 2016, emphasizing the role of forestry in achieving each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Holmgren has a PhD in Forestry and 26 years of experience in international forestry and agriculture. Prior to CIFOR, Dr. Holmgren worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where he led FAO’s work on climate change and its contributions to the UNFCCC process. While at FAO he also coordinated the Global Forest Resources Assessment, played a leading role in establishing the UN-REDD program and led the development of the Climate Smart Agriculture concept. Dr. Holmgren is credited for leading the dialogue to enhance and broaden the role of forestry in the Global Development Agenda to address the major challenges of our time: poverty, food security, climate change and green economy. An early champion of the landscape approach, Dr. Holmgren launched the Global Landscapes Forum, which is today the world’s largest conference on integrated land use.
BY THIS WRITER
DG’s Column - 12 Oct 2016Forest, Trees & Agroforestry research into the next phase
What will Phase 2 of the FTA program (2017-2022) entail?
DG’s Column - 29 Feb 2016Forestry in the new development era
A broader understanding of “forestry” can lead to greater reach and more powerful impact.
DG’s Column - 7 Dec 2015‘It is complex but our future is worth the effort’
A transcript of Peter Holmgren's address in the opening plenary of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris on 5 December.
DG’s Column - 30 Nov 2015Climate isn’t everything … so welcome to the Global Landscapes Forum
Many solutions for a sustainable future are tied to landscapes and must meet local needs, while building on global talks.
DG’s Column - 26 Oct 2015Preventing fire & haze: sustainable solutions for Indonesian peatlands
What can we do to break the cycle of the haze over the long term? How might we address the underlying drivers and achieve sustainable solutions?
DG’s Column - 5 Oct 2015Can we trust country-level data from global forest assessments?
Significant differences exist between the FAO's Global Forest Resource Assessment and the Global Forest Watch results.
DG’s Column - 7 Sep 2015The new global assessments and the forest
Reality is more complex than the results of the FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 would have us believe.
DG’s Column - 4 Sep 2015Forestry for a sustainable future: Making a difference beyond agreements
A wishlist for outcomes of the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban.