XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
Forest biosecurity as a shared responsibility – towards a global framework

May 5, 2022 | 10:00 AM KST - 11:30 AM KST

Conference Room 318C

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Global travel and trade facilitate the movement of invasive species around the world causing significant environmental and economic damage. Protecting forests from invasive species is part of a new global emphasis on ‘One Health’, addressing the health of people, animals, plants, and the environment. This is an integrated approach that recognizes these fundamental relationships. The application of a such an approach is critical to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Invasive species are a global issue that requires national, regional, and global cooperation and action. There are many voluntary guidelines and international and regional agreements that address this issue, however, capacity to implement them varies. We can learn much by looking to those who have had success. New Zealand, e.g., has implemented a novel idea as part of the New Zealand Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement to make all its citizens, businesses, and organizations aware of the importance of biosecurity and to get them involved. The goal is to create a ‘movement’ to ensure people are aware of biosecurity issues and are motivated to act, that indigenous peoples actively participate, that collaborations and partnerships grow, and that tools, rules and processes are available and effective. Following these national and organizational examples, FAO, together with partners, aims to develop and implement a guide targeting policy makers and regulators, to discuss strategies to increase awareness with and engage the public in forest biosecurity actions. The guide will facilitate establishment of a coordinated lobal Biosecurity programme for Forestry to enlist the world’s citizens in the fight against forest invasive species. This side-event brings together experts in this field to introduce the proposed programme and formulate a draft proposal for further development of a guide. It is expected that the programme could be repeated for other sectors, informing ‘One Health'.

Convening organizations

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service (USDA-FS), Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCo)

Who can attend







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