As global forestry leaders gather in South Africa for the World Forestry Congress, WWF is challenging participants to take bold actions to stop deforestation and join WWF’s “Forests for Life” campaign.
The Congress, to be held on 7-11 September, will open against the backdrop of the 2015 FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015), which is updated every five years and will be released on the first day of the Congress.
The event comes at a critical time for the forestry sector – forest management, protection and restoration are vital elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will be adopted later this month; and in November, over 190 countries will meet at the UN climate change talks in Paris to negotiate a new treaty to cut global emissions. Meanwhile, we continue to lose forests at an alarming rate.
“Unless we take concerted action now, we stand to lose up to 170 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030 in the world’s ‘deforestation fronts’, places that will account for over 80 per cent of global forest in these 20 years,” said Rod Taylor, Director, WWF Global Forest Programme. “That’s why we are dedicating our presence at the World Forestry Congress to challenge stakeholders – both in and outside Durban – to take part in our campaign and tell us what they are doing for forests and to address the catastrophic threat of deforestation and forest degradation.”
Representatives from governments, companies and major international organizations from across the world are joining WWF’s campaign to advance the debate on solutions to halt deforestation.