Growing climate chances in the branches of our World’s forests In a nutshell: FAO sets Climate change as a fundamental aspect in it’s agenda for forests. FAO is ambitious about achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which cover among others eradicating poverty, achieving inclusive growth, diminishing wealth inequalities, responding to climate change and managing natural resources sustainably. Forests and trees make vital contributions to people and the planet, supporting livelihoods, providing clean air and water, conserving biodiversity and responding to climate Change. Forests are food, medicine, fuel, carbon sinks, soil and water regulators and habitat to ¾ of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. The role of forests in socio-economic development is fundamental, as well as it’s tangible and non-tangible value to millions of people. We benefit directly or indirectly from forests, as habitants in rural or urban spaces. We as society however, with our consumption patterns, carbon footprint and environmental and social impacts of our lifestyles, impact directly or indirectly the quality of the world’s forests. Pressures on land use and land conversion for agriculture and livestock are threatening the natural cover of our forests. Furthermore, increasing climatic variability threatens the recovery, resilience and functioning of complex forest socio-ecological systems. Four IFSA delegates from Italy, Peru and Australia want to share with you their learnings during the biannual Committee of Forestry COFO24 held at FAO Rome, Italy. We attended and listened to expert discussion and podiums about this fascinating interface of forests and climate change. The leaders spoke and now it is time for you to hear their message, commitments and ambitious actions on the ground to safeguard forests and its multiple values to the Planet in a changing climate. Want to know which are the countries leading the way to a forest friend and sustainable future?
COFO 24 Series Part 4
About the Author: Simone Massaro
Head of Web Subcommission 2018-2020