Open House with Reforestation World

Open House with Reforestation World

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 18:00
Volkshaus - Gelber Saal

Stauffacherstrasse 60,  8004,  Zürich,  Switzerland

Wald und Wildnis - über die Werte des Waldes und wie wir die Zukunft gestalten können


The notes from the session (panel discussion and exchange with the public) are available here.

Our next Open House will be done with our partner Reforestation World and will include a panel discussion with experts and decision-makers from the research, business, non-profit and politics domains. As in previous events, we are aiming for a lively exchange between panel members and with the audience.


The Open House events are a meeting point for professionals and people with an interest in the fields of Sustainability, NGOs and Philanthropy. On each session, visitors can enjoy a short presentation with organisations selected by SUSTINOVA and, during an informal Apéro, the opportunity to connect and discuss face-to-face their work and other overarching issues. For more information on this event series, please read here.

Reforestation World ( is dedicated to highlighting reforestation projects worldwide and promoting public involvement in the topic. The focus of this event is the value of forests and the different options for their protection and sustainable use, in Switzerland and abroad.

During the last seventy years, the remaining forests in our planet have been lost at a speed and scale not seen since men began to use them. After the destruction of most of the temperate forests in Eurasia and North America during the previous centuries, the impact has shifted to tropical and sub-tropical areas. Despite some recovery in the northern hemisphere, the pressure is still high on several fronts with loss of forests for urban development, agricultural expansion, use for fuel and raw materials (as detailed in FAO's State of the World's Forests reports series) This impacts the benefits of mature forests, such as land and erosion protection, climate regulation and CO2 absorption, local water availability, safeguard of biodiversity and cultural values.

How to balance these diverse needs and still ensure a recovery of forests worldwide?


* Please note that the event will be conducted in German.

Time Topic Details
18:00 Opening
  • Welcoming of attendants
18:15 Start
  • Opening remarks
  • Start of podium discussion
    • NGO: Loredana Sorg, Program manager, Stiftung Biovision (external link)
    • Research: Andreas Rigling, Head of Research Unit Forest Dynamics, WSL (external link)
    • Politics: Thomas Wirth, Kantonsrat Zürich, Grünliberale (external link)
    • Business: Petra Heid, Head of Sustainability, Chocolats Halba (external link)
    • Moderated by Olivia Bosshart, KION (external link)

*Questions for the podium discussion can be submitted in advance, via the registration form below. A pre-selection will be made by the organisation.

19:15 Discussion
  • Open discussion with the Panel members
20:00 Apéro
  • Networking amongst attendants
21:00 Closing
  • Informal discussion can continue at the Volkshaus Bar (open-ended)


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