Beside the great job of the presenters, two more reasons why it succeeded in my mind were:
2nd. The closeness and approachability of the panel experts concearning ideas and knowledge exchange during the coffe break and afterwards.
Diving deeper into the content of the workshop:
Under the umbrella of the question "How can we conserve tropical trees and forests while using them, too?", a broad range of topics emerged relating to:
prioritizing areas for conservation
the limitations of genetic research
re-establishing traditional knowledge
enabling factors for successful community forestry
the importance of a stronger "research-development" linkage.
While participating in the workshop, caught up by the topics, I noticed I ended up writing 7 Pages of important information I wanted to use for the Student Reporters' Blog. And yet, given the nature of a blog to be published on time, I realized it would have been impossible to summarize the key findings in a satisfying way for all the readers.
To everyone who is interested in the content of the workshop and would like to see the presentations of the panelists, I am happy to hand over their main topics by creating a link in this post during the next days. If you are similarly interested in this workshop, as I am, you can just bookmark this post in order to be updated.
I am looking forward to experiencing more contributions like this one and to keeping you all informed on forest-related topics in the coming days :)
More pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tropentag/albums/72157672917894522/with/29...
Hope to see you around!