Forests and wood play a key role in addressing environmental deterioration that is contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss and the emergence of new diseases as well as in global efforts of moving towards sustainable economies. Sustainable use of natural resources, including forest products, is a key element of the development vision in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Enhanced sustainable use of wood has high potential to cost-effectively contribute to achieving carbon neutrality. It can also create potential synergies with economic recovery of rural areas and sustainable circular economy innovation goals.
A number of countries are developing their policies for sustainable wood through formal and informal talks. With ministers from ten countries participating, this session will give an opportunity to discuss progress on sustainable wood from country and regional levels to the global level.
The objective of this session is to exchange country experiences, policy perspectives and ambitions on sustainable wood as well as on how to scale-up actions and collaborate on sustainable wood-based pathways.