T20Q - top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes is a project within the broader Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative...

T20Q is a global consultation to identify the most important research questions to inform decisions about forests, forestry and landscapes.

Responses will help answer questions such as: how should research institutions such as CIFOR, with a global mandate and responsibilities, identify potential research priorities? How can priority-setting draw effectively on the knowledge, expertise and insights of the global community of researchers and practitioners? The T20Q project is informed by several recent initiatives responding to questions like these in other topic areas.

Responses are anonymous, but basic descriptive information provided by respondents will allow priorities to be reported at global, regional and national levels, and for particular communities of interest. So T20Q will also inform many levels and arenas of decision making.

Nominate your priorities, and encourage your colleagues to nominate theirs, through the T20Q website. Follow the discussion on Twitter @Forestry_Q and via the hashtag #t20q.

T20Q is part of the Evidence-Based Forestry Initiative led by CIFOR and its partners, and is supported by the UK Department for International Development’s KNOW-FOR program.


Please Read also:  T20Q global survey is live

T20Q, the “Top 20 Questions for forests, forestry and landscapes”, offers anyone with an interest in these important issues the opportunity to nominate their priority questions for research to better inform policy and practice.

T20Q – top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes –  is a global project that allows everyone to have a say about issues of importance. The questions received from contributors will be used to suggest new research or policy agendas, reveal knowledge gaps, and open up areas for further discussions across disciplines. They will also help identify new topics for systematic reviews of the science in key areas of forestry and landscape management.


The survey builds on earlier work that identified forestry priorities through a participatory process and invited large numbers of people with an interest in forestry and integrated landscapes to suggest questions they felt had high priority for research and policy.  As with earlier work, the T20Q process makes no prior assumptions about which topics are important. Questions will be collated according to their content and priorities will start to emerge as the conversation grows. The survey is primarily a vehicle for submitting questions online, but it will collect basic identifiers, such as age, gender, and stakeholder group, so that the topics suggested can be reported according to different regions, interest groups etc.


T20Q is a project within the broader Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative, led by CIFOR and its Partners. EBF is a “collaboration without walls” that aims to improve the quality and relevance of science and policy in forestry and landscape management. The Evidence-Based Forestry initiative is funded primarily by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through their KNOW-FOR grant to CIFOR.  


For more Information, please consult the following website:  T20Q global survey is live


“Evidence-based forestry is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions to enhance provision of products and services from forest resources. It recognizes that forest resource management is context specific, ever-changing, and involves uncertainties, and that the best evidence is derived from a systematic process which aims to minimize bias” (Petrokofsky, Holmgren & Brown 2011, after Sackett et al. 1996 and McKibbon 1998)

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