Trees, forests and sustainable forestry can help the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and combat looming environmental crises such as climate change and biodiversity loss. However this requires societies to better recognize the considerable value of forests and their crucial roles in building inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies.
The 2022 version of the State of the World's Forests, entitled 'Forest pathways for green recovery and building inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies', will present status and trends on forests and the provision of benefits to societies, including the impact of COVID-19. It also proposes three forest-based pathways that, especially if pursued simultaneously, that could help address the crises facing the planet while also generating sustainable economic benefits in the context of green recovery. These are (1) halting deforestation and maintaining forests; (2) restoring degraded lands and expanding agroforestry; and (3) sustainably using forests and building green value chains.
The launch of the report will feature a short video and presentation of the publication and its key findings. If time permits, the floor will be open for questions from the audience with lead authors of the report.