Tool and Skill Share Expo

The Tool and Skill Shares Expo is an opportunity to bring together a diverse audience of practitioners, academics, and forest users to showcase transferable and nuanced methods for addressing socio-ecological complexities in tropical forest management. Over the course of 1 hour, selected participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate these tools to a rotating audience of conference attendees, promote their use in new contexts, and exchange ideas.


Forest Landscape Restoration Standard 
Robin Chazdon, University of Connecticut
Global calls to restore millions of hectares of degraded and deforested land have been met with worldwide support by governments, businesses and a wide range of organizations. As we move to actions, it is vital to pay close attention to the quality of restoration interventions and outcomes. The Forest Landscape Restoration Standard (FLoRES) Taskforce initiated the process to develop a FLR standard, a set of benchmarks for motivating better outcomes and practices, essential for reaching the scale of Bonn Challenge commitments and other national and regional restoration targets.

Creating Fiscal Incentive Mechanism for REDD+ through Village Funds in Aceh Province, Indonesia
Riko Wahyudi, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Assessment of a qualitative approach for developing fiscal incentive mechanisms and determining key local stakeholder preferences

Commitments that Count
Stephen Donofrio, Forest Trends
Supply Change, an initiative of the DC-based non-profit organization Forest Trends, is a transformational resource for businesses and the various stakeholders that hold them accountable, including investors, governments, industry groups, not-for-profits, and the general public, on the extent and value of corporate commitments related to commodity-driven deforestation. Supply Change continuously researches and aggregates already available data, providing this via a centralized, freely, and publicly available web platform ( that tracks companies, their commitments, corresponding implementation policies, and their progress towards their commitments over time.

Tech & the Arts for Nature
Martin Hoffman, Greenpoint Innovations
Greenpoint Innovations offers SustainaDrone Solutions (SDS), an innovative suite of environmental sustainability oriented drone-enhanced technologies and services for the purposes of on-the-ground project management and creative stakeholder communications. We pair traditional photography and video production with SustainaDrone to produce rich media content for the purposes of helping our partners achieve a variety of goals - including, project management support, raising funds, developing partnerships, increasing transparency, and highlighting leadership.

Place-based Online Training Tools and Strategies
Gillian Bloomfield, Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
ELTI has spent the past five years developing online training strategies that offer customized, place-based training that facilitates the exchange of practical experiences, research results, and technical details among environmental practitioners worldwide. We will showcase the specific techniques used in ELTI’s online courses to present relevant information to diverse international audiences while generating a high level of participation and personalization relevant to each participants’ local context.
Assessing Ecological and Social Success in Community-based Management Programs
Christian J. Rivera, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University
A methodology using population viability modeling and a socio-ecological systems framework illustrating how success can be defined and measured in the conservation arena.
Peatland Restoration in Indonesia
Paul Dargusch, The University of Queensland
A systems-thinking approach being adopted by the International Peatland Restoration Research Alliance, to integrate a large trans-disciplinary research program investigating how best to measure and assess tropical peatland restoration outcomes.
The Future of Forest Work and Communities: Culture, youth outmigration, and forest work
Sarah Wilson and Scott Francisco, University of Michigan
Is community-based forestry a viable option for conserving forests in the face of globalization? What are the prospects for ‘meaningful work’ for today’s young people in forests? The Future of Forest Work and Communities, is a group of world leaders working to develop tools and strategies to co-create a vision with youth for thriving forest cultures. Our aim is to understand how to best support young forest entrepreneurs and workers.
Mapping the REDD+ Finance Landscape, A Guide for REDD+ Implementation
Breanna Lujan, Environmental Defense Fund
With the foundations of REDD+ now in place, attention is shifting to what is necessary to implement REDD+, specifically to finance. A recent report titled “A Landscape of Available Sources of REDD+ Finance through 2017” serves as a guide to help anyone involved with REDD+ implementation navigate the complex ecosystem of REDD+ finance.
Inspiring a New Generation of Forest Advocates: Lessons from Project Learning Tree
Emma Kravet, Connecticut Forest and Park Association
Inspiring and growing the next generation of forest management and policy practitioners is crucial to ensuring a healthy future for global forested landscapes. Project Learning Tree (PLT), a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, is a leading environmental education program delivered in all 50 states and several countries through a diverse network of partners. At this expo, discover how PLT is helping to prepare 21st century thinkers for complex environmental issues and how you can help educate the next generation of forest advocates.