Economic development critical issue for forest sustainabilityListen /
Recognizing that healthy forests support a broad range of economic development activities, all 197 member and observer states of the United Nations Forum on Forests will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, from 8-19 April, for the 10th session of the Forum to consider a range of measures to improve sustainable forest management.
The Forum, the only international body that addresses all forest and tree policy issues, is meeting to catalyze actions by all countries to: reduce deforestation; improve the livelihoods and economies of people who derive their livelihoods and sustenance from forests; increase the forests under protection; and increase assistance to developing countries to improve forest management.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said the Istanbul meeting is a defining moment for improving the future of the world's forests. He said "sustainable forest management cannot happen without prerequisite institutional and policy frameworks. One important issue relates to adequate and sustained financing, which is also on the agenda for this session."
He said that in light of the ongoing major processes to define a post-2015 UN development agenda with sustainable development at its core, he believes this session will make a critical contribution.
Forests cover one third of the Earth's land mass and about 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.