The Declaration was a direct outcome of the conference and was developed with input from the attendees. The organisers are inviting additional signatories to join. Those interested can contact us through the conference email, firstname.lastname@example.org, stating their name and affiliation or whether they wish to sign on as an individual.
In June 2018, scientists, practitioners and members of the public gathered at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, to discuss strategies for protecting the world's remaining intact forests. The meeting defined intact forests as 'natural forests free from significant anthropogenic degradation'. Degradation reduces biodiversity, ecological function and the delivery of ecosystem services, and can be caused by industrial logging and other extractive industries, fragmentation by roads and agriculture, over-hunting and altered fire and flood regimes, among other pressures.
Many intact forests represent the bio-cultural heritage of indigenous and traditional peoples who have customary rights to these areas, and whose traditional management systems have often provided effective protection to them.
In the meeting the latest science was reviewed related to defining and mapping intact forests, their many values and the threats they face. We then discussed the management options, financial incentives and policy interventions available for maintaining intact forests into the future.
We hereby RECOGNISE that:
Despite these positive steps we are CONCERNED that:
Therefore, by this Declaration, we CALL for:
Adam Gibbon and Althelia Funds, Mirova|
Chris Eves and The Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Tom Evans and WCS
Helen Buckland and the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS)
Sara Oldfield, co-chair of the IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group|
Ellen Watson, High Conservation Value Network
Ismael Nobre and The Amazonia Third Way Initiative
David P. Edwards
Jeffrey Wells and the Boreal Songbird Initiative|
Francis E. Mayle
Ellen Griffiths and Global Canopy
Ana Alonso, EUROMOZ
Peter Freer Smith
The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems. This recently published paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution highlights many of the issues to be discussed at the conference.