Rome/New York — FAO joins the worldwide name to motion for reversing deforestation on the UN Discussion board on Forests
Wholesome forests are key to “constructing again higher”, FAO Director-Normal QU Dongyu mentioned as we speak in his video tackle to the high-level spherical desk on the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF, 26-30 April 2021).
In his remarks, the Director-Normal extolled the numerous virtues of forests, together with guaranteeing folks’s meals safety and earnings, storing carbon, offering vitality and clear water in addition to internet hosting many of the Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity. Particularly, he emphasised a significant position of forests at a time of unprecedented local weather, well being and financial crises, giving hope to folks, surroundings and economic system.
Nonetheless, he warned that deforestation and forest degradation proceed to have a devastating affect on the surroundings and folks’s lives.
In line with FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, the world is dropping 10 million hectares of forest annually via deforestation. As well as, land degradation impacts virtually 2 billion hectares, an space bigger than South America.
To this finish, the Director-Normal spelled out FAO’s dedication to rework agri-food methods and advance the UN Secretary-Normal’s initiative on “Turning the Tide on Deforestation.”
“Rising agricultural manufacturing to feed a rising inhabitants and halting deforestation should not mutually unique”, he famous.
As a part of the answer, the Director-Normal burdened the necessity for growing investments in forests and mobilizing international partnerships, saying: “We have to work along with all stakeholders, together with governments, the non-public sector, native communities, ladies, youth, in addition to the Indigenous Peoples who handle about 28 % of the world’s land floor”.
The high-level spherical desk additionally noticed the participation of Munir Akram, President of the Financial and Social Council (ECOSOC); Volkan Bozkır, President of the Normal Meeting; Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-Normal of the United Nations, and Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Govt Secretary of the Conference on Organic Variety.
In his remarks, the President of ECOSOC underscored the necessity for restoring fairness amongst people and steadiness with nature, in addition to figuring out the scientific priorities which can play a key position on the highway to restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President of the Normal Meeting famous the timeliness of the dialogue, referring to defending forests as the best and the obvious answer.
For her half, the Deputy Secretary-Normal pointed to the necessity to unlock investments for forest restoration. She mentioned that it’s time to transfer from an period of negotiation to a decade of motion.
The Govt Secretary of the CBD echoed these remarks saying that we have to enter the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration by reversing tendencies and specializing in nature, local weather and biodiversity. Restoration programmes to construct again higher from the COVID-19 pandemic ought to subsequently embody robust environmental safeguards, she added.
UNFF 2021 report
Through the high-level spherical desk, the primary flagship publication produced by the UN Discussion board on Forests Secretariat of the UN Division of Financial and Social Affairs was launched.
The publication entitled “The International Forest Targets Report 2021” presents an outline of progress in direction of reaching all six International Forest Targets. Representing 75 % of the world’s forests, the brand new report builds on nationwide information and knowledge from over 70 voluntary nationwide reviews and contributions supplemented with bio-physical information from FAO International Forest Sources Evaluation 2020.
One of many headlines of this evaluation is that forest loss is slowing down, however not practically sufficient to satisfy worldwide forest-related commitments. Due to this fact, stepping up joint actions is essential to halt deforestation and biodiversity loss. As well as, the report comprises a sequence of success tales showcasing finest practices which might serve to tell decision-making, scale-up and replicate options.
In her video tackle to the Discussion board FAO Deputy Director-Normal Maria Helena Semedo welcomed the report, highlighting the necessity for filling data gaps to set off transformation in forest administration in mild of the COVID-19 pandemic and different challenges. Citing the brand new report as “a superb instance of profitable collaboration”, she reaffirmed FAO’s assist to international locations in amassing, analysing and utilizing forest information to sustainably handle the world’s forests.
“Data, data sharing and dealing collectively is significant,” Semedo mentioned.
FAO’s priorities in forestry
Forests and their restoration are integral to FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme which harnesses science, expertise, information, human enterprise and creativity to construct again higher.
FAO chairs the Collaborative Partnership on Forests that brings collectively 15 worldwide organizations and works to assist international locations in defending, restoring and sustainably managing their forests.
Moreover, FAO co-leads – along with UNEP – the implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which can generate momentum to revive the world’s forests and contribute to the Sustainable Improvement Targets.