UN Forum to highlight forests’ fundamental role in supporting healthy, resilient societies

 

 

May 10, 2018 Throughout history, people have depended on forests and trees for the vital resources they provide, to sustain economies, societies and human well-being. It is estimated that the economic value of ecosystem services provided by forests globally could be worth as much as US$16.2 trillion. Billions of people rely on forests to generate energy, for materials to build their homes, as well as for livelihood, health, and food. Forests are also home to an estimated 80 per cent of all terrestrial species. On 7-11 May 2018, the UN Forum on Forests will hold its 13th session (UNFF13) at UN Headquarters in New York, to ensure that our forests are protected and sustainably managed.

 

 

This is the first policy session of the Forum since the adoption of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030 by the UN General Assembly in 2017. Discussions at UNFF13 will provide a timely opportunity for the Forum to promote implementation of the Strategic Plan and provide input to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2018.

 

The Strategic plan and its Global Forest Goals and targets provide a global framework for sustainably managing all types of forests and trees, halting and reversing deforestation and forest degradation, and increasing forest area by 2030. The Plan also serves a blueprint to promote the contributions of forests to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

 

Forests and trees sustain life

 

Forests and trees provide vital resources for life on Earth. They sustain our economies, societies and promote our overall well-being. Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 per cent of the world’s freshwater – for households as well as agriculture or industrial use. Forests are nature’s water towers, they filter, store and supply freshwater, and through transpiration they seed clouds and affect rainfall patterns.

 

 

About one third of the world’s population relies on biomass-based energy from forests and trees for their daily needs, particularly cooking and heating. Sustainable forest management and sustainable use of forest products offer some of the most effective and cost-competitive natural carbon capture and storage options available.

 

 

Forests sustain human health, from clean air and water to providing components for 75 per cent of top-ranking global prescription medications. These vital ecosystems build resilience, prevent land degradation and desertification, reduce the risk of floods, landslides and avalanches, droughts, dust storms and sandstorms and other natural disasters. When properly managed, forests are healthy, productive, resilient and renewable ecosystems.

 

 

The UNFF13 agenda includes discussions on the contributions of forests in accelerating achievement of the SDGs and in supporting global efforts in the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, as well as monitoring, assessment and reporting frameworks, mobilizing forest financing, and strategies for communication and outreach. To this end, a Ministerial Roundtable and a series of interactive panel discussions will be held during this session.

 

Read more...

Go back

CBFP News

Adaptation Fund at Adaptation Futures 2018

As a partner, the Adaptation Fund will have an active presence at the premier international conference on climate change adaptation at the Adaptation Futures held June 18-21, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa – the country which is also home to two innovative Adaptation Fund projects.

Read more …

GCF: Adaptation planning vital in helping countries weather change

Songdo, 27 Apr 2018 A guide to NAPs and why GCF is supporting this UN process to spark catalytic climate action

Read more …

ic.fsc: LOCAL MARKETS, GLOBAL SUCCESS, How FSC makes an economic impact across the world

FSC is a global not-for-profit organization that helps take care of the environment and boost the global economy by ensuring responsible management of close to 190 million hectares of the world’s forests.

Read more …

Revaluing Tropical Diversity

Why clear vast swathes of rainforest, with up to 75,000 tree species per kilometre, and replace it with a single species of oil palm? Why are custodians of a vast amount of cultural knowledge forced to live in poverty on the sidelines of society? The short answer is because there is a huge difference between the intrinsic value of the diversity of the tropics and its current economic value. Business destroys diversity when it does not value it. Government alone cannot hold stop the loss – we need to fight fire with fire as it were, and create innovative business models that change the incentives for tropical decision-makers. We need to create incomes from sustaining, and not destroying, tropical diversity.

Read more …

1843magazine: Bend it like bamboo Strong, bendy and abundant, bamboo is springing up in unexpected areas of design, architecture and technology

Ubiquitous in Asia in objects from chopsticks and bowls to scaffolding and screening, bamboo has often been disregarded as a material for large-scale architecture. But Vo Trong Nghia, who grew up in a forest village in northern Vietnam and knew how strong, light and tactile it could be, saw no sense in that. After training as an architect and founding his own firm, he began working with bamboo, figuring out how to bend and form it with heat, then lash lengths of it together into columns and pillars using rattan and bamboo nails. The result has been a series of cathedral-like structures like the Café Indochine (above) in Kontum in central Vietnam, which consists of a flat roof supported by prefabricated fans of dark bamboo whose curves create elegant, arched avenues.

Read more …

Ramsar: The Ramsar Convention enters into force for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

In January, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of accession to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, as amended in 1982 and 1987, with the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs of UNESCO, the Depositary of the Convention. Effective 16 May 2018, the Convention enters into force for Ramsar’s 170th Contracting Party.

Read more …

GEF: Nations rally to protect global environment

April 25, 2018 Countries pledge US$4.1 billion to the Global Environment Facility. Close to 30 countries have jointly pledged US$4.1 billion to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to better protect the future of the planet and human well-being. With the health of the global environment worsening, the GEF has received strong support for its new four-year investment cycle, (known as GEF-7), to help safeguard the world’s forests, land, water, climate, and oceans, build green cities, protect threatened wildlife, and tackle new environmental threats like marine plastic pollution.

Read more …

GEF: In Rwanda, a sweet alternative to deforestation

The son of a beekeeper, Emmanuel Kajugujugu grew up learning how to harvest honey in the village of Rega, nestled in the hillside around the Gishwati forest in Rwanda’s northwest.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2018

Forest Watch - April 2018