• Sunday, 2 December 2018
  • 16:00-17:30 | Bonn time (GMT+1)

Discussion Forum 19: Integrating bioenergy and landscape restoration in the tropics: the key to a sustainable future

Addis Abebe


  • Mr. Jaya Wahono, CEO, Clean Power Indonesia (CPI), Indonesia
  • Dr. Nils Borchard, Research Manager of the plant production, Natural Resource Institute, Finland
  • Dr. Soo Min Lee, Senior Scientist, Bioenergy Research, National Institute of Forest Science (NIFOS), Korea
  • Dr. P.C. Abhilash, Senior Associate Professor, Sustainability Science, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • Dr. Hyung Tai Choi, Senior Researcher, Forest Conservation Research, National Institute of Forest Science (NIFOS), Korea
  • Dr. Nur Hygiawati Rahayu, Forestry and Water Resources Conservation, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia


  • Dr. Himlal Baral, Senior Scientist, Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development, CIFOR

Mixed bioenergy tree species planted in the tropics on degraded land could solve several international development challenges. Renewable energy is a key component of several U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. They include affordable and clean
energy (SDG 7), climate action (SDG 13) and life on land (SDG 15). Bioenergy agroforestry systems offer the potential to simultaneously restore land and grow energy while providing social, economic and environmental benefits to rural communities. Until now, the controversial practice of expanding plantations primarily for bioenergy purposes has been problematic. Monoculture energy crops such as oil palm for biodiesel production degrade land and compete with food production. Drawing from lessons learned in South and Southeast Asia, this session considers the opportunities and challenges posed by bioenergy and landscape restoration integration in the tropics.