Looking for the positives - TFU

We bid farewell to 2020 with little regret—it has been an unusually difficult year for most, including in the tropical forest sector. But even in these grimmest of times, there is cause for optimism. With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration upon us, the latest edition of the TFU presents stories about restoring and sustainably using forests. We look forward to 2021 in solidarity and hope. Please, download the Document here below:

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And so we bid farewell to 2020 with little regret—it was an unusually difficult year for many, including in the tropical forest sector. Worldwide, more than 75 million people contracted the COVID-19 virus, and at least 1.7 million people died from it. Economies dived almost everywhere, and unemployment soared. The tropical forest industry, on which millions  of rural people depend, took a major hit in many countries. And tropical forests themselves came under increased pressure as urban dwellers took refuge from the pandemic in their former rural homes. But even in these grimmest of times, there is cause to look forward with hope. Effective vaccines are being distributed—although it is unclear how easy it will be for many people, especially the poor, to gain access to them.

 

Greenhouse-gas emissions dipped as fossil-fuel use declined dramaticallydue to the impacts of the pandemic, perhaps buying us time to avoid worst-case climate change. For many of us, the COVID-19 “pause” provided an opportunity to re-evaluate our lives, slow down, and reconnect with our local communities and with nature.

 

ITTO has continued to work through the pandemic, and this edition of the TFU presents some of the positive outcomes of this effort. The Organization’s Executive Director, Gerhard Dieterle (page 3), notes that a statement on the pandemic by the Collaborative Partnership of Forests, of which ITTO is a founding member, urges us all to seize the opportunity to shift to greener, more inclusive economies—in which forestry must play a central role.

 

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