“We are looking at a revolution,” declared Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador and Chair of the EverGreen Agriculture Partnership, at the 14thWorld Forestry Congress in Durban. Opening a World Café on trees and resilience he said, “The agriculture that we see today will be transformed into one where trees are integrated into every agricultural system.”
As the global community comes together in Durban 7-11 September for the XIV World Forestry Congress, the importance of forests in addressing climate change is set to take centre stage. Deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 12 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than the emissions from all the planes, trains, automobiles and ships in the world. It is only by including forests in a climate change strategy that we can hold the increase in global average temperature below two degrees. While forests hold the key to reducing carbon emissions, forests serve an even greater purpose to the more than 1.6 billion people around the world that depend on them.
Forests provide livelihood, food, shelter and financial resources to people, and play a critical role in conserving biodiversity.
In Tigoni, just outside of Nairobi in Kenya, birds have found a rare and varied source of native fruits to feast upon.
In Fort Portal, Western Uganda, communities are enjoying a harvest of fresh vegetables, whilst watching trees around them flourish.
These sites are forest restoration demonstration plots, established by botanic gardens. Whilst identifying top performing species, developing propagation protocols and cultivating a supply of indigenous seedlings, these botanic garden demonstration sites provide biodiversity and community benefits, as well as opportunities for training and outreach.
To succeed in an increasingly resource-constrained and competitive wood products market, companies need to manage operational and reputational risk. That requires a transition from a short-term buying approach into a long-term system of building and managing the integrity of the value chain of wood products, says Angel Llavero Cruz, WWF Forest Product Markets and Supply Chain Coordinator, who reflects in this article on the importance for businesses to manage supply chain integrity and the role of FSC.
Please join us in globally promoting the contribution of urban and peri-urban forestry to a green and sustainable future. A World Forestry Congress Urban Forestry side event will take place from 12:45 to 14:15 on 10 September, 2015 in Hall 5/6.
The development and management of the urban and peri-urban forests can play a key role in ensuring the provision of a number of services that are vital for the livelihood and health of the urban and peri-urban communities. In order to maximize these services, however, it is essential that the urban and peri-urban forests are fully integrated into city planning. In fact, the interaction between the grey, blue and green elements of a city is the key to reshape or build urban areas better equipped to face the increasing global challenges.
Indonesian pulp and paper company, APRIL Group, aims to highlight the importance of peatland forest protection and ecosystem restoration using the landscape approach at the World Forestry Congress 2015, where the company will speak at two sessions:
A dairy farm, sugarcane fields and a water treatment works in South Africa. A charcoal plant, a beef ranch and a community-run nursery and horticulture project in Brazil. A village in China where people grow bamboo, and a nearby factory that processes its edible shoots. A social housing project in Santiago and a berry orchard in southern Chile.