Forests provide many socioeconomic benefits

KARACHI: Forests provide many socioeconomic benefits, including food, energy and shelter: basic human needs. To sustain the products and services that help meet these and other needs, forests must be sustainably managed.

COFO 22 will review the state of the world’s forests, focusing on their socioeconomic benefits and related questions, including income and employment; ownership and management rights; wood energy and forest products in housing. In this context, it will examine forest policy measures that promote sustainable production and consumption; access to resources, markets and financing; equitable benefit sharing; and valuation of forest products and services.

As the full range of forests’ contributions to sustainable development are often not recognized or properly valued, they are not always reflected in the broader development agenda. COFO 22 will provide an opportunity for member countries to consider ways of promoting forests’ contributions to global developmental objectives and ensuring that they feed into global negotiation processes. These include the development of the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the post-2015 development agenda and the review of the International Arrangement on Forests at the 11th session of UNFF in 2015.

The meeting will also discuss progress in implementing earlier decisions and consider FAO’s programme priorities for forestry in light of the Organization’s new Strategic Framework. It will specifically address work on climate change, REDD, boreal forests and dryland forests.

For the fourth time, COFO will be held in conjunction with World Forest Week – a series of meetings and events sponsored by FAO and its partner organizations and institutions. The World Forest Week is an opportunity for sharing state-of-the-art knowledge and major accomplishments and achievements.

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