XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Over a decade of REDD+: outcomes and socioecological impacts

May 4, 2022 | 5:30 PM KST - 7:00 PM KST

Conference Room 327A


The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will showcase the effects that more than 10 years of REDD+ implementation had on forests, carbon, biodiversity, and people. Moreover, the interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on ‘Climate Action’ (Goal 13) and on ‘Life on Land’ (Goal 15) will be highlighted, as well as the role of forests and tree-based systems in reaching the goals’ targets. Presently, deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 11 percent of global carbon emissions. Forests are crucial in responding to climate change and preserving biodiversity, and play an essential role in the carbon cycle (approximately one third of the global carbon emissions is absorbed annually by forests). Therefore, halting global forest loss and degradation while stepping up forest restoration is one of the most prominent solutions to meet the Paris Agreement. Fifteen years have passed since REDD was first discussed by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. Many countries involved have transitioned from the readiness phase to the implementation phase, and some of them have reached the results-based actions phase. REDD+ contributes directly to achieving SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), and indirectly to several other SDGs. However, the gap between the political will to meet global goals and the necessary actions to tackle related issues is widening. The side event will bring together experts on forest-related governance, carbon, biodiversity, livelihoods and well-being, as well as representatives from relevant stakeholder groups to provide answers to the questions such as: ‘How REDD+ implementation impacted forests, carbon, biodiversity, and people?’, ‘What challenges and trade-offs is REDD+ facing?’, ‘What are the possible pathways for the future?’. Main results of the global assessment report prepared by IUFRO’s Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) Programme will be shared.

Convening organizations

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

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ST 1: Turning the tide: reversing deforestation and degradation
ST 2: Nature-based solutions for climate and biodiversity

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