XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Forest restoration – a feasible pathway for sustainable development?

May 2, 2022 | 12:30 PM KST - 2:00 PM KST

Conference Room 317B


Ambitious forest restoration targets have been set by organizations, governments and other national parties. Different initiatives emphasize different goals, like mitigating climate change, restoring ecosystem integrity and functionality, while all promise concurrent benefits to rural dwellers. The proposed session takes a critical look at the global forest restoration project by addressing some fundamental questions. How feasible are the proposed forest restoration goals and targets? Do the different initiatives which prioritize distinct goals reinforce each other, or rather compete for resources, political support, public approval, and land? How do organizational structures, strategies and supporting discourses compare, and what are the implications of overlap and differences? How are restoration benefits advocated and who actually benefits from forest restoration and how? Will rural dwellers, who depend on land where restoration is to take place, benefit from restored forests, or rather lose out? How can environmental justice principles be upheld in profoundly different political, social and cultural settings, when over the next 10 years, 35 million ha/yr are targeted to be restored? How will the complex interplay of ecological, social and economic factors that determine restoration feasibility, competition between the restoration consortia and their initiatives, changing global environmental priorities, and the anticipated increasing impact of climate change influence alternative forest restoration pathways and scenarios? These questions will be explored in four presentations, followed by a moderated discussion. The session will be based on a forthcoming volume: Restoring forests and trees for sustainable development - Policies, practices, impacts and ways forward, to be published by IUFRO-WFSE in 2022.

Convening organizations

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Kyoto University, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), University of Freiburg, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Who can attend







ST 1: Turning the tide: reversing deforestation and degradation
ST 4: Forests and human health: revisiting the connections

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