Swedish royal family seeds forestry collaboration with CIFOR and Indonesia

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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, left, plants a tree as CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren, rear looks on at a tree planting ceremony during his visit at CIFOR campus in Bogor, Monday, May 22, 2017. (CIFOR)

Bogor (Indonesia):

Indonesia, Sweden and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) share the vision of a more sustainable world, in which forestry research and innovation play a critical role.

Today, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visited CIFOR’s global headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia. They attended a seminar where scientists from CIFOR and government officials and business leaders analyzed the role of forestry in sustainable development.

“Learning, based on science, is a basis for that sustainable future we want,” reminded Holmgren, “and CIFOR’s research work aims to demonstrate and ensure that forestry contributes to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.”

“Indonesia and Sweden can learn from each other when it comes to forestry,” said CIFOR’s Director General, Peter Holmgren. “Both countries are taking great responsibility for future climate action, biological diversity and sustainable management of forest resources.”

To mark the occasion, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden planted an ironwood tree to symbolize Sweden’s sustainable forestry practices and CIFOR’s long-term perspectives in forestry, which are necessary to balance social, economic and environmental concerns. 

Long-term collaboration

CIFOR and Sweden have strong ties, from the founding of CIFOR in 1993 by Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and the USA, together with the government of Indonesia, to CIFOR’s current Director General Dr. Peter Holmgren, who is a Swedish national.

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