An initiative by

True Value of Forests

A series of intentional, evidence-based events where collective wisdom transforms into impactful action.

We unite diverse voices to build tangible solutions at the intersection of biodiversity, climate change, and land use. Together, we cultivate regenerative ecosystems for a sustainable tomorrow.

We are the Wyss Academy for Nature.

Join diverse global dialogues for change

Imagine a gathering of scientists, indigenous leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, economists, and passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds – all coming together to nurture knowledge and discourse on The True Value of Forests. Now, envision this collective wisdom put into action, where every idea blossoms into tangible, real-world impact. That is the true potential of our global dialogues for change.

Why do forests matter?

Forests are Earth’s life-sustaining system. Each year, they inhale 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide – nature’s deep breath – and exhale fresh, clean air for us to thrive. ​


These rich ecosystems host a diverse tapestry of life, preserving the Earth’s balance. Beyond the air we breathe, forests impact the water we drink, the food we consume, and the climate we experience. They hold profound knowledge of sustainability, wellbeing and indigenous wisdom. Just as their roots intertwine, our destiny is tied to forests. It’s our shared responsibility to respect, protect, and understand them, forging a world where humans and nature coexist harmoniously.

South America


14-16th May

Southeast Asia


30-31 May 2024



4-5 June 2024

East Africa


10-17 June 2024

What's on the agenda?

In our dynamic dialogues, we gather diverse expertise to shape both local and global agendas, fostering learning and action to reveal The True Value of Forests.


Following design thinking and Art of Hosting methods, each event hosts up to 50 participants, ensuring a vibrant mix of perspectives. 


We’re actively seeking participation from different backgrounds, including marginalised communities and all abilities, to enrich transformative cross-regional dialogues. Limited invitations are extended to those passionate about contributing. 

How to join the conversation

Our goal is to bring together a wide range of perspectives, so please don’t hesitate to apply.

Express your interest to join

Fill out a 2-minute form to show your interest in joining our dialogues. All diverse voices and perspectives are welcome.

Approval and welcome

Upon approval, look forward to a warm welcome in your inbox, packed with all the details you need to join the dialogues.

Join online community

Engage in meaningful discussions about biodiversity, climate change, and land use. Learn, grow and connect with fellow participants worldwide.

Attend a diverse dialogue

Be a part of ‘The True Value of Forests’ events, where your voice shapes solutions, sparks discussions, and leaves a lasting impact.

Elina Yumbato collecting Amazon nuts in the Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru. Photographer: Natalia Peralta

Invest in Forest Innovation: Partner with us in Shaping the Future of Forests!

We’re looking for forward-thinking private and public sector partners to collaborate with to turn new concepts from the dialogues into reality. Get in touch to support pioneering solutions to make a lasting impact.

About the Wyss Academy for Nature

The Wyss Academy for Nature is driven by the goal of bridging the gap between knowledge and action in addressing pressing global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and unjust land use. In 2022, this dynamic organisation achieved full operational status, now uniting more than 90 dedicated professionals across Switzerland, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru, and Laos. Their collaborative efforts are focused on actively seeking and testing innovative solutions to the complex, interlinked issues surrounding these critical environmental concerns. The Wyss Academy for Nature embodies a commitment to turning knowledge into meaningful, tangible actions for a more sustainable and equitable future.

Diversifying agricultural revenue with Beekeeping, Madagascar. Photographer: Clara Diebold

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