XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Transformational change in land use and climate change

May 2, 2022 | 5:30 PM KST - 7:00 PM KST

Conference Room 327A


Great emphasis is currently being placed on achieving transformational change and paradigm shift through policies and measures to fulfill the Paris Agreement goals and progressing on the UN 2030 development agenda. There is however a need to improve understanding of how to enable, operationalize, measure and evaluate the intended, lasting outcomes. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) are partnering to elucidate key aspects including triggers and barriers to transformational change across complex landscapes as technical input to support countries’ efforts to undertake climate action, implement their NDCs and NAPs and prepare their investment plans and priorities for Green Climate Fund country programming. As a result of this collaboration, a technical paper has been prepared, which analyzes theories of transformational change and how transformational change is achieved in practice. This analysis has been undertaken as a follow-up to three expert meetings, held in Rome, Bogor, and Songdo during 2017 and 2018. Around 80 experts have participated in these meetings, where the groups have explored the theory of transformation, identification of triggers of change, identification of evidence, and measuring transformative change. Further to the technical paper and the three previous expert meetings, FAO and CIFOR organized an expert workshop in December 2020 to 1) update experts on progress of the FAO/CIFOR research, 2) enhance understanding as to how the findings from this research can contribute to the implementation and increase the ambition of NDCs, NAPs, and GCF Country Programming and 3) discuss how transformational change elements can be integrated into national land-use planning, NDC and SDG development. The conclusions of these discussions will be presented at this WFC side event.

Convening organizations

Main partner: CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), https://www.cifor.org/ - FTA (Forests, Trees and Agroforestry), research programme of CGIAR, https://www.foreststreesagroforestry.org

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