Dialogue for Ecological Regeneration: Engaging with Environmental Knowledge in the North of Thailand

Join us for a dialogue on
Ecological Regeneration in
the North of Thailand

In this special session of STT-45, we will explore ways to engage a dialogue between scientists, local communities, political actors and citizens for the purpose of regenerating the natural environment in the north of Thailand.

Wednesday, October 9th, 9:00-12:00
(registration: 8:30 – 9:00)
Mae Fah Luang University, Building E4A, Room 618


What are we going to do?


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Conference by Dr. Stephen Elliott

Dr. Elliott is a leading expert in restoration ecology. As the head of the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) at Chiang Mai University, he has been working on forest restoration in the north of Thailand for more than thirty years. He will speak about the challenges of regenerating tropical ecosystems.

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Open space workshop

During this interactive workshop, participants will engage in dialogue about the possible ways to move towards ecological regeneration in the region. The aim will be to generate new ideas and connections between participants in an open and relaxed environment.

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Presentation of the DEEP-Mekong initiative

The DEEP-Mekong is a newly-created node of the global Dialogue, Empathetic Engagement and Peacebuilding (DEEP) network. We will introduce this initiative and invite participants to join in.

Ecological regeneration aims to recover degraded natural systems for the benefit of their inhabitants. It is about crafting ecological relationships that integrate the needs of both humans and nonhumans. Where ecosystems have undergone or are undergoing higher levels of stress due to human activities or systemic transformations, such as climate change, ecological regeneration cannot be achieved without relying on sound ecological knowledge. Too often, however, this knowledge is generated and exchanged within closed walls. This is the case of scientific knowledge, produced by tightly controlled networks and disciplines. But it also applies to local knowledge, such as the traditional ecological knowledge of many human communities. Establishing an open and empathetic dialogue between these separate and often confronted worlds is thus a crucial task if we want to engage with our environments in ways that help to restore and reinvigorate them for future generations.

This event is free of charge and open to everyone. Please sign up at least 7 days before attending the session using the QR code above. Registrations will be open between 8:30 and 9:00 on the date of the event.

Special session organized by:
Ignasi Ribó (School of Liberal Arts, MFU)

Arisara Lekham (School of Law, MFU)
Fabio Calzolari (School of Social Innovation, MFU)

For any queries, please contact ignasi.rib@mfu.ac.th.