How should we use forest to build a resilient future?

04 May 2022

 

The state of the World’s Forests report

 

Every two years, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) releases The State of the World’s Forests.

The report explores the potential of three forest pathways for achieving green recovery and tackling environmental crises, including climate change and biodiversity loss against the backdrop of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use and the pledge of 140 countries to eliminate forest loss by 2030 and to support restoration and sustainable production and consumption.

In light of 2022’s report, this GLF Live brings together Ewald Rametsteiner, deputy director of FAO’s Forestry Division, and Musonda Mumba, director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to discuss the potential of integrating protection, restoration and proper use of forests and trees to build inclusive, resilient and sustainable returns at local and global levels.

Forests can help us build a resilient future

 

During the discussion, Musonda Mumba and Duwald Rametsteiner touched such important topics regarding ecosystem restoration:

  • Forests and green areas are paramount to building resilience and inclusion to adapt to climate change, pandemics, and financial and food crises.
  • Agroforestry is a great restoration method that hasn’t been adopted by farmers on a wider scale due to the lack of information about the economic and ecological benefits. Usually, agroforestry is perceived as a high risk to both small-scale farmers and agribusiness. We need to find risk takers.
  • The UNCCD is the only convention that is working toward an integral restoration approach by advocating efforts of farmers and indigenous in restoration such as agroecology.
  • Forest is a resource of energy providing millions of families and industries with biomass. We need to think about net-zero solutions for energy efficiency for resilient communities.

Learn more about the power forest held in safeguarding sustainable food and livelihoods 🌳