29/04/2022 Bangkok

Making positive forests play a vital position in combating local weather change and reaching sustainable improvement targets would be the focus of the XV World Forestry Congress subsequent week in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

More than 12 000 forest consultants have registered to attend the world’s largest forestry occasion, which is co-organized by the Republic of Korea and FAO and takes place in a hybrid format from 2 to 6 May 2022 below the theme of Building a inexperienced, wholesome and resilient future with forests.

“The Congress comes at a critical time in the global effort to combat the climate crisis,” stated World Forestry Congress Secretary-General Eunsik Park (Korea Forest Service). “We have a crucial opportunity to advance international cooperation on forests and accelerate commitments to reduce deforestation and meet global development goals.”

Participants will even give attention to forests as a serious participant in serving to international locations to ‘build back better’ as they recuperate from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the first World Forestry Congress since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” stated WFC Associate Secretary-General Peter Csoka (FAO). “It’s a unique moment when countries can choose to recover and rebuild in greener, more healthy and more sustainable ways. The Congress can play a key part in establishing global consensus on how to do that.”

Driving drive for world improvement

The Congress, which takes place usually as soon as each six years, comes amid a worldwide push to construct again “better and greener” after the pandemic, with a renewed emphasis on the significance of forests and Indigenous People and native communities within the combat towards local weather change as expressed on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November final 12 months.

Progress in implementing the suggestions of the XIV World Forestry Congress in 2015 shall be reviewed and six sub-themes will tackle an important present points regarding forests and the services and products they supply. New suggestions and agreements on concrete actions wanted shall be produced to protect forests as a driving drive for world improvement.

This would be the first time the Congress has convened within the Asia-Pacific area because it befell in Indonesia 43 years in the past. The Republic of Korea has a profitable report in reforestation and an financial improvement mannequin it hopes can present useful classes for different international locations.

Highlights throughout the week will embrace the launch of FAO’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Forests 2022, which is able to current the most recent information and evaluation on the standing of forests, traits and their profit to societies. FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment will unveil the outcomes of its Global Remote Sensing Survey, and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests will announce the winner of the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2022, which acknowledges extraordinary efforts by a person to enhance and maintain forests and the individuals who depend upon them.

Other particular occasions will happen on subjects together with forest fires, inexperienced vitality, sustainable investments and attracting younger individuals to careers within the forest sector.

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