XV World Forestry Congress


The six sub-themes of the XV World Forestry Congress address the most important current issues concerning forests and the products and services they provide. The sub-themes also enable the review of progress in implementing the outcomes of previous congresses, especially the Durban Declaration, and the advances being made towards a sustainable, resilient future.

Sub-theme 1: Turning the tide: reversing deforestation and forest degradation

This sub-theme will discuss opportunities and priorities for addressing deforestation and forest degradation. The implementation of recent global commitments and the operationalization of major initiatives, including that of the UN Secretary-General on turning the tide on deforestation, the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, will form part of the discourse. 

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Sub-theme 2: Nature-based solutions for climate-change adaptation and mitigation and biodiversity conservation

The potential of forests to provide nature-based solutions that deliver climate change adaptation and mitigation while supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services is vital. The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is expected to set out an ambitious action plan for transformation in society‚Äôs relationship with biodiversity. Advances in reducing deforestation and forest degradation through REDD+ and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will be addressed. 

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Sub-theme 3: The green pathway to growth and sustainability

Forests and trees provide important economic functions such as food, income, employment and ecosystem services, which are necessary for advancing inclusive and sustainable economic development. The sub-theme will also address technological advances, broad initiatives to change systems of production and consumption, and the financial mechanisms currently in place and that will be needed to trigger change and sustain the sector.

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Sub-theme 4: Forests and human health: revisiting the connections

This sub-theme will discuss the reliance of the global population either directly or indirectly on forests for their livelihoods, general health and well-being. The sub-theme will also address forests as a source of refuge food and funds in times of conflict, and efforts to promote peace in forested areas. 

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Sub-theme 5: Managing and communicating forest information and knowledge

This sub-theme will discuss the need for sound scientific research and information based on innovative monitoring techniques to support forest policy deliberations. It will also examine how best to enhance collaboration between science and policy and to better communicate forest issues to a wide range of audiences. 

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Sub-theme 6: Forests without boundaries: enhancing management and cooperation

This sub-theme will draw attention to forests in the context of landscape dynamics and the multi-sectoral coordination and partnerships required to achieve meaningful sustainable forest management. 

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