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Agroforestry in Ukraine – policy brief launch

Published on March 18, 2024 | Author: Emma Larsson
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Welcome to the launch of the policy brief Seven reasons to invest in agroforestry for post-war reconstruction and reform efforts in Ukraine. The event will host presentations and joint discussions with leading experts, policy makers, development actors and researchers. This launch is organized by Agroforestry Network in solidarity with Ukraine and in collaboration with Ukrainian actors.

Date & time: Thursday April 25th 2024, 10.00 – 12.00 (coffee/tea and sandwich from 9.30)
Place: Hörsalen – Medelhavsmuseet / The Auditorium – The Mediterranean Museum, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
Digital: Link will be provided shortly before the event for digital participants

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The policy brief highlights seven reasons to invest in agroforestry for post-war reconstruction, green transition and integration of Ukraine into the European union. It also shows ways to improve food security, social cohesion and livelihoods. A range of current needs and recommendations are presented to support the expansion of agroforestry – both to strengthen resilience in this time of war, but also long term, to mitigate and adapt to the climate and biodiversity crises. Ukrainian actors from different sectors have been involved and also suggested ideas for collaboration.


Join us for inspiring presentations and panel discussions with leading experts on post-war reconstruction and agroforestry development work and research!

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Main presenter: Margot Wallström, Co-chairman, President Zelenskyjs’ group for reconstruction in Ukraine

Agenda
09.30 Coffee/tea and sandwich

10.00 Introduction and welcome – Charlotta Szczepanowski, General Secretary of Vi Agroforestry

10.05 Presentation of launch – Moderator Matthew Fielding, Head of Project Communications and Impact, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

10.10 Programme to address the massive environmental damage caused by Russia to Ukraine, Environment and climate – Margot Wallström

10.30 Summarizing the brief – Marine Elbakidze, Co-author of the brief, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Skinnskatteberg / Södertörn University, Stockholm / Ivan Franco National University of Lviv

10.40 Strategy for Sweden’s reconstruction and reform cooperation with Ukraine – Samuel Tunfjord, Desk Officer Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Writer of the Swedish strategy for Sweden´s reconstruction and reform cooperation with Ukraine 2023-2027.

10.50 Questions from the audience

11.00 Panel discussion

11.40 Summary

12.00 Closing

Panelists and speakers

Marine Elbakidze – Associate professor, School for Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Skinnskatteberg / Södertörn University, Stockholm / Ivan Franco National University of Lviv. Marine is co-author of the policy brief. She is also an expert in benefits of agroforestry to human well-being, social-ecological research and how to collaborate and establish networks between research and different stakeholders, nationally and internationally.

Ganna Lobchenko – Associate Professor, Department of Forestry restoration and meliorations, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULES of Ukraine), and Senior Expert Forests, WWF-Ukraine, Kyiv. Ganna is an expert in agroforestry related to forest restoration and close-to-nature forest management.

Maksym Matsala – Postdoc in forest science, Southern Sweden Research Centre in Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp. Maksym is an expert in natural forest dynamics, forest remote sensing, GIS, ecosystem services and carbon budget estimation,

Svitlana Sydorenko – Senior researcher, Department of reforestation and protective afforestation, Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration (URIFFM), Kharkiv. Svitlana is an expert in protective agroforestry systems, assessment of conditions and efficiency of protective plantations and their ecological and economic functions.

Samuel Tunfjord, Desk Officer Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Writer of the Swedish strategy for Sweden´s reconstruction and reform cooperation with Ukraine 2023-2027.

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Organiser:


Agroforestry Network – a platform for international agroforestry practice, based in Sweden. Members of the network are Vi Agroforestry/Vi-skogen, SLU Global – part of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative SIANI, Agroforestry Sweden, the forest, climate and livelihood research network FOCALI, NIRAS Development Consulting, and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SSNC.

In collaboration with NULES, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv and WWF-Ukraine.

The policy brief in short:
Agroforestry is a multifunctional land-use system that integrates woody vegetation with crops and animal production, which can improve the resilience of yields and livelihoods and contribute significantly to environmental sustainability. This policy brief has been compiled by Agroforestry Network and its partner organizations in solidarity with Ukraine. It highlights seven reasons to invest in agroforestry for post-war recovery, green transition and integration of Ukraine into the European Union.
A range of current needs and recommendations across development perspectives, research, legislative, and networking/dialogue, are also presented to support the expansion of agroforestry – both to strengthen resilience in this time of war, but also long term, to mitigate and adapt to the climate and biodiversity crises. Ukrainian actors from different sectors have been involved, and also suggested ideas for potential bilateral collaboration as well as contact details (the appendix) to actors in the sector of agroforestry in Ukraine and Sweden.