Transforming Forest Solutions Together with Indigenous Peoples, Communities, Smallholders, and Workers

Conservation of forests is vital to counter the climate and biodiversity crisis, but real forest solutions must also work for and benefit people whose lives depend on forests, culturally, economically, socially, and spiritually.  

This inspiring keynote session will feature three to four stories from Indigenous Peoples, communities, workers, and smallholders who will share their unique perspectives on the value a forest brings to them and how these values guide their forest stewardship. 

Showcasing the achievements and key challenges that they must overcome and how FSC forest solutions have the potential to empower and uphold rights – customary, traditional, access, health & safety – helping to ensure that these groups have agency to make or influence forest stewardship decisions based on their holistic value of the forest. 

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Rodion Sulyandziga

Rodion Sulyandziga has many years of solid experience working on the promotion and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights at the local and global level including UN human rights mechanisms and bodies. Being an Udege (“Forest People”) indigenous origin he has first-hand knowledge of challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples in his region. Through his international and regional advocacy, documentation and research, Rodion is a well-recognized promoter of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  He has been the co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (2012-2016) and IP Global coordination committee of the UN High Level Plenary/World Conference on indigenous peoples (2013-2015). He had two UN holder position being a member of EMRIP (2019-2022) and LCIP Platform (2018-2021). He has Ph.D., Social Science.  


Maiprae Loyen, AGRIAC Global Co.,Ltd

Passionate in Sustainability and Agriculture. Natural rubber is the expert area of work. Mastered the regulations of a well-recognized sustainability program and implemented it with pragmatic actions. More than decade of experience in the Natural Rubber business. Experiences are based on practical achievements and in-depth knowledge of Natural rubber From Farm to factory. Expertise is in the ability to transform the guideline and international organization expectation to upstream supply chain into pragmatic programs that work effectively for all parties.


Engrit Liaw, Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union of Malaysia

Engrit Liaw is the current Secretary General of Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union of Malaysia (STIEU), which is affiliated with Building and Woodworkers International (BWI), and the Chairperson of the Building and Woodworkers International – Malaysian Liaison Council which consists of public and private sector unions from the wood processing, forestry, construction, and building materials industries. Engrit is a seasoned Industrial Relations officer and Trade Union organizer, having represented many local and migrant workers in Sabah, East Malaysia in dispute resolution processes and Industrial Court cases. 

Between 2014 to 2019, Engrit participated in the Malaysian Timber Certification Council standard development process for Forest Plantation and Natural Forest. Engrit has also provided longstanding support to workers affected by unemployment and various issues borne out of union-busting practices and the sale of Sabah Forest Industries.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday 12 October

  • Time: 11:00-12:30

  • Room: Mangupura 

  • Format: Hybrid

  • Language: English, French, Spanish