Why experts are calling it a make or break moment for the forest – global issues

COVID-1 and the epidemic are increasing the pressure of deforestation and intensifying efforts to support sustainable forest management. The epidemic has brought to the fore the importance of forests for the welfare of the world. Here is a picture of a forest in the Dominican Republic. Credit: Alison Kentis / IPS

  • By Allison Kentis (United Nations)
  • Inter Press Service
  • On the occasion of the 20th World Environment Day, published this year, we are publishing IPS facility and bank opinion editorials this year and we are republishing a one-day article for the next two weeks.

    Original article was published on April 2, 28:21

Inauguration Global One Goal Report As part of the launch on April 226 1st United Nations Forum of One (UNFF) Session Which runs until the end of this week. It is based on data and information submitted by the and2 member nations, which represent 75 percent of the world’s forests.

The report concludes that while countries have taken steps to protect their forests, those efforts need to be intensified to achieve ambitious global goals.

It looks at the progress of countries in meeting the ambitious goals set in the 2020 Forest Strategic Plan. Under the plan, countries have pledged to accelerate the pace of forest conservation by upgrading the initial focus on increasing deforestation. Up to 20 percent of the area by 3 percent and eradication of extreme poverty for all forest-dependent people.

It acknowledges the work that countries have done in areas such as poverty reduction for forest-dependent people, initiatives to increase forest financing, and assistance in sustainable forest management, but much remains to be done. Noting that Africa and South America lost forest cover during the reporting period, the publication said the threat was high.

“Every year, one million hectares of natural forest land is converted to other land use, such as large-scale commercial agriculture and other economic activities. And despite the slowdown in global deforestation over the past decade, we continue to lose forests in the tropics – largely for human and natural causes.

UN Under-Secretary-General Amina J. Mohamed said the report was being launched at a crucial time for the world’s forests.

The report points to growing concerns in some countries that the economic consequences of the epidemic could reduce donor funding for forests. This has led some countries in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America to face low-cost forest financing, as the lack of public health has given priority to immediate public health needs.

Mohammed said the poverty crisis of the Covid 1 crisis has met the goals of poverty alleviation and sustainable development, but it is also an opportunity to make peace with nature through green recovery and a healthy jungle as a solid foundation.

“We are in a make or break moment. “2021 provides us with a unique opportunity to address the rapid loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation, while addressing climate emergencies and deserts as our guidelines for sustainable development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

Alexander Trepelkov, in-charge of the UNFF Secretariat, commented on the impact of COVID-1’s on forests and forest cover. It concluded that the epidemic had exacerbated difficulties for forest dwellers and exposed systemic differences and vulnerabilities.

It calls for the integration of forest-based solutions into epidemic recovery, rapid implementation of international forest-related goals, and adequate resources for forests.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the event, a group of 11 international organizations issued a joint statement on the challenges and opportunities for deforestation. The forest program was co-chaired by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Mete Wilkie, director of the FAO’s forestry division, told IPS that without a 75 percent share of land biodiversity as an ecosystem and 75 percent percent of freshwater forests, the climate goal cannot be met.

“The forest also provides a myriad of products for daily life – from the traditional use of wood to masks, gloves and hand sanitizers that we all use during the current COVID-1P epidemic. They provide more than 86 million green jobs and support the livelihoods of many people worldwide, ”Wilkie said.

“When we encroach on forests and wildlife habitats to expand agricultural production, settlements and infrastructure, the risk of animal-to-human transmission increases sharply. It is clear that we cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Future unless we stop deforestation and deforestation and increase our efforts to conserve, manage and rehabilitate our forests. ”

Wilkie, who is chairing the forest support partner, told IPS that the COVID-1P epidemic has increased deforestation pressure and intensified efforts to support sustainable forest management.

“Lockdown has disrupted markets and supply chains and lost jobs, relocated to rural areas and increased pressure on forests for livelihoods,” she said. “On the other hand, investing in forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management can create green jobs and livelihoods.” At the same time, it is building habits for biodiversity and mitigation – and adapting to climate change. “

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