The Sylva Foundation is committed to promoting and conducting research about effective sustainable forest management. In association with partners (from academia, and governmental and non-governmental policy and practice organisations) we periodically undertake work to identify high priority research and policy questions of relevance to forestry and related areas.
This work is hosted under forestryevidence.com
There is growing interest in widening public participation in environmental decision-making and an awareness of the importance of framing research questions which reflect policy needs that take account of the great environmental and social pressures of the 21st century.
The Sylva Foundation sees this activity as part of Evidence-Based Forestry in its broadest sense. Outputs from this work can help suggest new research or policy agendas, reveal knowledge gaps, and open up areas for further discussions across disciplines.
The Top Ten Questions for Forestry (T10Q) project was undertaken in 2008. Survey responses were received from 481 researchers, policy makers and woodland owners, who contributed 1594 research questions. These were debated and prioritized by 51 people attending a workshop. A priority list of ten questions were derived and published.
The Sylva Foundation worked with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on an international project to identify high priority research and policy questions of relevance to forestry and landscapes – Top Twenty Questions for Forestry and landscapes (T20Q).