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What is MegaFlorestais?

MegaFlorestais is an informal group of public forest agency leaders dedicated to advancing international dialogue and exchange on transitions in forest governance, forest industry, and the roles of public forest agencies. The group includes the heads of forestry agencies of the largest forested countries in the world, and provides the opportunity for these leaders to share their experiences and challenges in a frank and open manner.  The process aims to foster stronger relationships between forest agencies, collectively strengthening their abilities to play leading roles in addressing forest governance and sustainable forestry issues. 

Created in honor of the network's upcoming 10th anniversary, this video introduces MegaFlorestais, its leaders, and its role in promoting more equitable and more sustainable forest management:

MegaFlorestais members are Russia, Brazil, Canada, the USA, China, DR Congo, Australia, India, South Sudan, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, Sweden, and Cameroon.  They represent 75% of the world's forests.

Additional countries have taken part in activities of the MegaFlorestais network:




Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders 2014

on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 14:38

On July 28 – August 1, 2014, RRI and the National Forestry Commission of Mexico (CONAFOR) hosted the Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders. The gathering convened 15 forest leaders from 6 countries (Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States), 7 respected scholars and practitioners from around the world, as well as 4 former and current MegaFlorestais leaders, including the Associate Chief of the US Forest Service, Ms. Mary Wagner. Their participation and the wonderful support of our colleagues at CONAFOR made this meeting possible.

The weeklong meeting exposed the participants to tenure reform, the forest industry in transition, community forestry, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and challenges with regulations in a relaxed and open setting that encouraged active participation. Through presentations, group discussions and a field trip to a variety of different tenured lands, participants left with a deeper understanding of global transitions and issues in forest governance. They discussed principles of governance for forest agencies of the 21st century. A full day was also devoted specifically to leadership to discuss the unique challenges that forest leaders are facing around the world.

This year’s objectives were:

  • Better prepare the next generation of public forest agency senior leaders to lead in a more complex social, political, environmental and market context.
  • Engage senior executives from forest ministries and related public agencies in cutting-edge analysis and information for a deeper understanding of global transitions in forest tenure and governance, and markets.
  • Promote improved information sharing and networks among these agency leaders through frank and open dialogue in a small group setting where problems and solutions can be discussed openly.
  • Strengthen contributions of forest agencies to addressing land rights, poverty alleviation, governance, conservation and climate-related challenges in their countries.


Daniel Meireles Tristão - Head of International Cooperation Division, Brazilian Forest Service, Ministry of the Environment
Sergio Carvalho - Director of Protected Areas, Brazilian Forest Service, Ministry of the Environment
Aloisio Lopez Pereira de Melo - General Coordination for Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Finance
Théodor Aladoum - Associate Assistant of Studies - Cooperation and Programs Division - Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife
Eric Kaffo - Chief of Inventory Services - Monitoring Forest Species, Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife
Roxanne Comeau - Manager of Market Access, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Caroline Rochon - Scientific Advisor at the Laurentian Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Gordon Giles - Senior Manager of Forest Industry Sustainability, Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Retno Kuswandari - Head of Section of Forest Land Planning - Java and Madura, Ministry of Forestry
I Gusti Raka Wisnu - Head of Section of Forest Land Planning - Bali and West Nusa Tenggara, Ministry of Forestry
Alejandra Aguilar Ramírez - Chief of Department of Technical Assistance, General Coordination of Production and Productivity, National Forestry Commission of Mexico
Jacinto Samuel García Carreón - Associate Chief of Protection, Management, and Improvement of Forestry Soil, General Coordination of Conservation and Restoration, National Forestry Commission of Mexico
Jesús Victoriano Hernández Pérez - Associate Chief of Community Forestry at the Oaxaca State Office, General Coordination of State Offices, National Forestry Commission of Mexico
Ricardo Rios Rodriguez - Director of Forest Exploitation Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Monica Lear - Director of Forest Health Protection, US Forest Service
Eunice Padley - National Forester, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bryan Rice - Director of Forest Management, US Forest Service



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