#GLFLive | How should we use forests to build the future?

04 May 2022

From campaigns to plant trillions of trees to international commitments to end deforestation, forests are finally receiving the support and attention they deserve, not only as climate change mitigators and habitat for biodiversity but also as providers of natural renewable resources to solve human needs and overall prosperity. But are current efforts properly harnessing all of forests’ potential to provide solutions?

Every two years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) releases The State of the World’s Forests, a flagship report that chronicles solutions to challenges facing forests – and, in turn, solutions that healthy forests can provide to our challenges. In light of 2022’s report and the turbulence of the past two years, this GLF Live will bring 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), into the discussion on how integrating protection, restoration and proper use of forests and trees can bring inclusive, resilient and sustainable returns at local and global levels.
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wald Rametsteiner has been working as the deputy director of the Forestry Division (NFO) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has previously coordinated a program on sustainable agriculture and led the forest governance team at the organization. Before joining FAO, he worked at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the European Forest Institute. Over the course of his career, has been a member of secretariats of intergovernmental bodies and a policy advisor on sustainability issues for a range of international organizations and governmental bodies. He holds a PhD in Forest Policy and Economics from the University of Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

Musonda Mumba is the director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She is also the former chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and former Vice-Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally, and has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles, and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Mumba was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. A Zambian national, she received her BSc. Ed. at University of Zambia and her Ph.D. at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology.