Environmental Challenges and Planted Forests

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 11:30am

Plantation Naysayers and the Backlash against Tree Planting

What are the main criticisms of plantations and, in more recent times, tree planting programs as climate solutions? What are the counter arguments? What tools and approaches exist to advance plantations that support sustainable development and discourage those that have negative social and environmental impacts?

Rod Taylor - Global Director of the Forests Program, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Rod is the Global Director of the Forests Program at the World Resource Institute (WRI), with oversight of Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Initiative and the Global Restoration Initiative. Before joining WRI, Rod worked as the Forests Director at WWF International, and before that led WWF’s forest work in the Asia Pacific region.  Earlier in his career, Rod worked as a forest policy adviser in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.  Rod began his career as a lawyer in Australia and has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from the Australian National University.